Something that's bleary is dull, tired, or unfocused. Your eyes might be too bleary first thing in the morning to focus on the newspaper — at least before you've had a cup of coffee.

Bleary almost always describes a person's eyes, although you can also use it simply to mean blurred or exhausted. A day spent traveling from Asia to North America can leave you with bleary eyes, and so can a night of crying after the death of your beloved dog. The word bleary comes from a now-obsolete adjective, blear, "watery or rheumy," which may share a root with the German blerre, "having blurred vision."

Definitions of bleary
  1. adjective
    tired to the point of exhaustion
    synonyms: blear, blear-eyed, bleary-eyed
    depleted of strength or energy
  2. adjective
    indistinct or hazy in outline
    synonyms: blurred, blurry, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, muzzy
    not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
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