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bleak 1

adj. bleak·er, bleak·est
a. Gloomy and somber: "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult" (John Millington Synge).
b. Providing no encouragement; depressing: a bleak prospect.
2. Cold and cutting; raw: bleak winds of the North Atlantic.
3. Exposed to the elements; unsheltered and barren: the bleak, treeless regions of the high Andes.

[Middle English bleik, pale, from Old Norse bleikr, white; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bleak′ly adv.
bleak′ness n.

bleak 2

n. pl. bleak or bleaks
Any of various small European freshwater fishes of the genus Alburnus, having silvery scales.

[Middle English bleke, probably alteration (influenced by bleke, pale) of *blay, from Old English blǣge.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.bleakly - without hopebleakly - without hope; "he wondered bleakly"


[ˈbliːklɪ] ADV [look] → desoladamente; [smile] → lúgubremente, con aire sombrío; [speak] → con desaliento, en tono sombrío


adv look, say, smileniedergeschlagen


[ˈbliːklɪ] advin modo tetro, tetramente
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As in 'the countryside around here is bleakly beautiful.
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