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blear

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Pronunciation: /blɪə
 
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archaic

Definition of blear in English:

adjective

Dim, dull, or filmy: a medicine to lay to sore and blear eyes
More example sentences
  • They were almost transparent, blear beads of amber, slightly filmed with red; blood, a vampire's tears.

verb

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Make dim; blur: he bleared his eyes with books
More example sentences
  • There she beheld another countenance, of a man well stricken in years, a pale, thin, scholar-like visage, with eyes dim and bleared by the lamplight that had served them to pore over many ponderous books.
  • Tears bleared my vision as I took every agonizing step, one at a time, through first the winding maze of the gardens, and then the dark corridors, lit only by the faint glow of a torch.
  • She pursed her mouth, lipstick blearing like a squashed berry.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): probably related to Middle High German blerre 'blurred vision' and Low German blarroged 'bleary-eyed'.

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