Definition of bleak adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bliːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bliːk//
    (bleaker, bleakest)
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  1. 1(of a situation) not encouraging or giving any reason to have hope a bleak outlook/prospect The future looks bleak for the fishing industry. The medical prognosis was bleak. They faced a financially bleak Christmas.
  2. 2(of the weather) cold and unpleasant a bleak winter’s day
  3. 3(of a place) exposed, empty, or with no pleasant features a bleak landscape/hillside/moor bleak concrete housing
  4. Word OriginOld English blāc ‘shining, white’, or in later use from synonymous Old Norse bleikr; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to bleach.Extra examples Prospects for the industry are extremely bleak. The landscape looked bleak and desolate in the rain. The report paints an unnecessarily bleak picture of the town. Clouds rolled in and the lake took on a bleak and sombre appearance. It was a small bleak town near the main highway. She left on a bleak November day. The future looks bleak for the fishing industry. There is just a bleak expanse of concrete.
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