What does blear mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bleary, blear, bleary-eyed, blear-eyedverb

    tired to the point of exhaustion

  2. blur, blearverb

    make dim or indistinct

    "The fog blurs my vision"


  1. blearverb

    To make blurred or dim, especially the eyes.

  2. blearadjective

    dim, unclear from water or rheum.

  3. Etymology: Of uncertain origin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLEARadjective

    Etymology: blaer, a blister, Dutch.

    It is an ancient tradition, that blear eyes affect sound eyes. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 923.

    It is no more in the power of calumny to blast the dignity of an honest man, than of the blear eyed owl to cast scandal on the sun. Roger L'Estrange.

    His blear eyes ran in gutters to his chin;
    His beard was stubble, and his cheeks were thin. Dryden.

    When thou shalt see the blear ey’d fathers teach
    Their sons this harsh and mouldy sort of speech. Dryden.

    Thus I hurl
    My dazling spells into the spungy air,
    Of power to cheat the eye with blear illusion,
    And give it false presentments. John Milton.

  2. To Blearverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
    Are spectacled to see him. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The Dardanian wives,
    With bleared visages, come forth to view
    Th’ issue of th’ exploit. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    When I was young, I, like a lazy fool,
    Would blear my eyes with oil, to stay from school;
    Averse to pains. John Dryden, Persius, sat. iii.

    This may stand for a pretty superficial argument, to blear our eyes, and lull us asleep in security. Walter Raleigh, Essays.


  1. blear

    Blear refers to making the eyes dim, blurred or weak, often due to tears or tiredness. It can also refer to blurring or dimming of vision. As an adjective, it describes something that is blurred, dim or unclear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blear

    dim or sore with water or rheum; -- said of the eyes

  2. Blear

    causing or caused by dimness of sight; dim

  3. Blearverb

    to make somewhat sore or watery, as the eyes; to dim, or blur, as the sight. Figuratively: To obscure (mental or moral perception); to blind; to hoodwink

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blear

    blēr, adj. (as in Blear-eyed, blēr′-īd) sore or inflamed: dim or blurred with inflammation. [Low Ger. bleer-oged, 'blear-eyed.']

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  1. abler

  2. baler

  3. blare

  4. belar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blear in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Translations for blear

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  • неясен, замъглявам, замъгленBulgarian
  • затуманиватьRussian

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