bleak

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bleke (also bleche > English bleach (pale, bleak)), and bleike (due to Old Norse), and earlier Middle English blak, blac (pale, wan), from Old English blǣc, blǣċ, blāc (bleak, pale, pallid, wan, livid; bright, shining, glittering, flashing) and Old Norse bleikr (pale, whitish)[1], from Proto-Germanic *blaikaz (pale, shining), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē-, *bʰel- (to shine). Cognate with Dutch bleek (pale, wan, pallid), Low German blek (pale), German bleich (pale, wan, sallow), Danish bleg (pale), Swedish blek (pale, pallid), Faroese bleikur (pale), Icelandic bleikur (pale, pink).

Adjective[edit]

bleak (comparative bleaker, superlative bleakest)

  1. Without color; pale; pallid.
    • Foxe
      When she came out she looked as pale and as bleak as one that were laid out dead.
  2. Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds.
    • Wordsworth
      Wastes too bleak to rear / The common growth of earth, the foodful ear.
    • Longfellow
      at daybreak, on the bleak sea beach
  3. Unhappy; cheerless; miserable; emotionally desolate.
    Downtown Albany felt bleak that February after the divorce.
    A bleak future is in store for you.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Old Norse bleikja.

Noun[edit]

bleak (plural bleaks)

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  1. A small European river fish (Alburnus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidae.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ bleak” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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