What does bleak mean?

bleak meaning in General Dictionary

A small European river fish Leuciscus alburnus regarding the family members Cyprinidaelig the blay

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  • Without color pale pallid
  • unpleasantly cool and damp
  • providing little or no hope
  • providing no protection or sustenance
  • Without color; pale; pallid.
  • Desolate and subjected; swept by cool winds.
  • Cold and cutting; cheerless; because, a bleak blast.
  • A small European river-fish (Leuciscus alburnus), of the household Cyprinidae; the blay.

bleak meaning in Fishing Dictionary

types of fish see Bleak

bleak meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Feeling of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative expansion. Similar Germanic root created Old English blac "pale," but this faded out, probably from confusion with bl

bleak meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Without shade; pale; pallid.

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  • (a.) Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds.
  • (a.) cool and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast.
  • (a.) A little European river fish (Leuciscus alburnus), associated with family members Cyprinidae; the blay.

Sentence Examples with the word bleak

Whether any of the relatives of the seamen whose names appeared there were now among the congregation, I knew not; but so many are the unrecorded accidents in the fishery, and so plainly did several women present wear the countenance if not the trappings of some unceasing grief, that I feel sure that here before me were assembled those, in whose unhealing hearts the sight of those bleak tablets sympathetically caused the old wounds to bleed afresh.

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