Bleak

  • 1 bleak — [ blik ] adjective * 1. ) without any reasons to feel happy or hopeful: Things look very bleak for the team. Textile workers face a bleak future. paint a bleak picture (=say that the situation is not hopeful): The survey paints a bleak picture of …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 2 Bleak — (bl[=e]k), a. [OE. blac, bleyke, bleche, AS. bl[=a]c, bl[=ae]c, pale, wan; akin to Icel. bleikr, Sw. blek, Dan. bleg, OS. bl[=e]k, D. bleek, OHG. pleih, G. bleich; all from the root of AS. bl[=i]can to shine; akin to OHG. bl[=i]chen to shine; cf …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Bleak — may refer to:* a kind of fish ** Common Bleak ** Danube Bleak ** Italian Bleak * Bleak (band) * David B. Bleakee also* Bleek …

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  • 4 bleak — [bli:k] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: bleikr pale, white ] 1.) without anything to make you feel happy or hopeful a bleak future/prospect ▪ The company still hopes to find a buyer, but the future looks bleak . 2.) cold and without… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 Bleak — Bleak, n. [From {Bleak}, a., cf. {Blay}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small European river fish ({Leuciscus alburnus}), of the family Cyprinid[ae]; the blay. [Written also {blick}.] [1913 Webster] Note: The silvery pigment lining the scales of the bleak is used …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 bleak — UK US /bliːk/ adjective ► not giving much hope for the future: »Their long term prospects appear bleak. »In a bleak assessment of the coming months, they said market conditions were almost certain to remain challenging …

    Financial and business terms

  • 7 bleak — bleak·ly; bleak·ness; bleak; …

    English syllables

  • 8 bleak — bleak1 [blēk] adj. [ME bleik < ON bleikr, pale: see BLEACH] 1. exposed to wind and cold; unsheltered; treeless; bare 2. cold and cutting; harsh 3. not cheerful; gloomy; dreary 4. not promising or hopeful [a bleak future] …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 bleak — (adj.) c.1300, pale, from O.N. bleikr pale, whitish, blond, from P.Gmc. *blaika shining, white, from PIE root *bhel (1) to shine, flash, burn (see BLEACH (Cf. bleach) (v.)). Later bare, windswept (1530s). Sense of cheerless is c.1719 figurative… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 bleak — [adj1] barren austere, bare, blank, blighted, bombed, bulldozed, burned, chilly, cleared, cold, deforested, desert, deserted, desolate, dreary, exposed, flat, gaunt, grim, open, raw, scorched, stripped, unpopulated, unsheltered, weather beaten,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 bleak — I (exposed and barren) adjective bare, barren, blank, cold, deserted, desolate, exposed, unpopulated, unsheltered, waste II (not favorable) adjective dark, depressing, disheartening, dismal, distressing, forbidding, gloomy, grave, grim,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 bleak — cheerless, dispiriting, *dismal, dreary, desolate Analogous words: *cold, chilly, frigid, freezing: barren, *bare, bald: stripped, denuded (see STRIP vb) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 13 bleak — ► ADJECTIVE 1) bare and exposed to the elements. 2) charmless and inhospitable. 3) (of a situation) not hopeful or encouraging. DERIVATIVES bleakly adverb bleakness noun. ORIGIN Old English or Old Norse, «white, shining» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 14 bleak — [[t]bli͟ːk[/t]] bleaker, bleakest 1) ADJ GRADED If a situation is bleak, it is bad, and seems unlikely to improve. The immediate outlook remains bleak... Many predicted a bleak future. Syn: gloomy Ant: bright Derived words …

    English dictionary

  • 15 bleak */ — UK [bliːk] / US [blɪk] adjective Word forms bleak : adjective bleak comparative bleaker superlative bleakest 1) a) without any reasons to feel happy or hopeful Things look very bleak for the team. Textile workers face a bleak future. paint a… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 bleak — [[t]blik[/t]] adj. er, est 1) bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain[/ex] 2) cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind[/ex] 3) without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; ME bleke pale, b.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 bleak´ly — bleak1 «bleek», adjective. 1. swept by winds; bare: »The rocky peaks of high mountains are bleak. SYNONYM(S): desolate. 2. chilly; cold: »The bleak winter wind made him shiver. SYNONYM( …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 bleak — adjective 1 without anything to make you feel cheerful or hopeful: bleak news | a bleak outlook/prospect/future: With no money and no job, my prospects seemed bleak. 2 cold and without any pleasant or comfortable features: a bleak January… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 bleak — bleak1 bleakish, adj. bleakly, adv. bleakness, n. /bleek/, adj., bleaker, bleakest. 1. bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain. 2. cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind. 3. witho …

    Universalium

  • 20 bleak — adj. 1 without hope VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, seem ▪ become ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ …

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