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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, bleak, dimadjective

    offering little or no hope

    "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"

  2. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadjective

    providing no shelter or sustenance

    "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

  3. bleak, cutting, rawadjective

    unpleasantly cold and damp

    "bleak winds of the North Atlantic"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLEAKadjective

    Etymology: blac, blæc, Saxon.

    Intreat the north
    To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lips,
    And comfort me with cold. William Shakespeare, King John.

    The goddess that in rural shrine
    Dwell’st here with Pan, or Sylvan, by blest song
    Forbidding every bleak unkindly fog
    To touch the prosperous growth of this tall wood. John Milton.

    Her desolation presents us with nothing but bleak and barren prospects. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 477.

    Say, will ye bless the bleak Atlantick shore,
    Or bid the furious Gaul be rude no more. Alexander Pope.

  2. Bleaknoun

    A small river fish.

    Etymology: from his white or bleak colour.

    The bleak, or freshwater sprat, is ever in motion, and therefore called by some the river swallow. His back is a pleasant, sad sea water green; his belly white and shining like the mountain snow. Bleaks are excellent meat, and in best season in August. Izaak Walton, Angler.


  1. bleak

    Bleak is an adjective that describes something as barren, desolate, or without hope, usually referring to a situation, place, or outlook. It typically suggests a lack of warmth, comfort, or optimism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bleakadjective

    without color; pale; pallid

  2. Bleakadjective

    desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds

  3. Bleakadjective

    cold and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast

  4. Bleakadjective

    a small European river fish (Leuciscus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidae; the blay

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bleak

    blēk, adj. colourless: dull and cheerless: cold, unsheltered.—adv. Bleak′ly.—n. Bleak′ness. [A.S. blæc, blâc, pale, shining; a different word from blac (without accent), black. The root is blican, to shine.]

  2. Bleak

    blēk, n. a small white river-fish.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bleak

    The Leuciscus alburnus of naturalists, and the fresh-water sprat of Isaak Walton. The name of this fish is from the Anglo-Saxon blican, owing to its shining whiteness--its lustrous scales having long been used in the manufacture of false pearls.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BLEAK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bleak is ranked #52169 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bleak surname appeared 398 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bleak.

    94.2% or 375 total occurrences were White.
    4.5% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

Anagrams for bleak »

  1. blake

  2. kabel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleak in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bleak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bleak in a Sentence

  1. Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

    Projected forecasts for Malheur and Lake counties look bleak, meaning these rural communities will continue to experience severe drought conditions, in addition to creating an increased wildfire risk, this drought presents hardships to crops, agriculture, communities, recreation, and wildlife, all of which rely on Oregon's water resources. I will continue working with federal, state, and local partners to help Oregonians in this part of the state through this challenging situation.

  2. Heidi Tagliavini:

    The outlook is still bleak.

  3. Jacques Cousteau:

    If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope.

  4. Colin Cieszynski:

    It's pretty bleak. This is a once-in-a-generation selloff in the crude oil price, i don't think we've seen all of the adjustments work their way through, whether it's changes to capital spending, dividends and costs to reflect the new reality.

  5. Christina G. Rossetti:

    In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago.

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  • كئيبArabic
  • мрачен, безрадостен, уклей, безцветен, открит, блескач, блед, голBulgarian
  • farblos, Laube, ungeschützt, ausgeblichen, Ukelei, trostlos, desolat, trübe, freudlos, kahl, karg, düster, bleich, ödeGerman
  • σίρκο, άθλιος, άχρωμος, θλιβερός, έρημος, άχαρος, ψυχρόςGreek
  • desolado, alegría, amargado, albur, yermo, color, pálidoSpanish
  • kahvatu, plass, viidikas, kaameEstonian
  • غم افزاPersian
  • paljas, salakka, kolkko, kalpea, synkkä, karuFinnish
  • abletteFrench
  • lom, gruamachScottish Gaelic
  • meaylManx
  • sivárHungarian
  • alburno, infelice, triste, pallido, incolore, desolato, misero, alborellaItalian
  • უფერული, ფერმკრთალიGeorgian
  • AalbesLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • vīķeLatvian
  • desolaat, guur, bleek, bliek, kleurloos, vreugdeloosDutch
  • dysterNorwegian
  • uklejaPolish
  • alburnete, desanimado, pálido, desolado, pálidaPortuguese
  • бесцветный, безрадостный, уклейка, бледный, открытый, незащищённый, мрачный, голыйRussian
  • uklijaSerbo-Croatian
  • färglös, blek, dyster, löjaSwedish
  • solgun, soluk, renksizTurkish
  • تاریکUrdu

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. canopy
    • B. elan
    • C. muddle
    • D. contempt

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