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|bleak 1 (blk)|adj. bleak·er
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-1 in Indo-European roots.]
bleakly adv. bleakness n.
|bleak 2 (blk)|n. pl. bleak
A small European freshwater fish of the genus Alburnus that is related to the carp and has silvery scales used in the manufacture of artificial pearls.
[Middle English bleke
, probably alteration (influenced by bleke
) of *blay
, from Old English blge