What does blear mean?

blear meaning in General Dictionary

To make significantly aching or watery as eyes to dim or blur because the sight Figuratively To obscure mental or ethical perception to blind to hoodwink

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  • Dim or sore with liquid or rheum said of this eyes
  • exhausted to the stage of fatigue
  • make dim or indistinct
  • Dim or sore with water or rheum; -- stated of eyes.
  • Causing or brought on by dimness of picture; dim.
  • to produce significantly aching or watery, as eyes; to dim, or blur, due to the fact picture. Figuratively: To confuse (mental or ethical perception); to blind; to hoodwink.

blear meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, blere "watery, rheumy," possibly pertaining to blur. Compare Middle High German blerre "having blurred eyesight."

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  • "to dim (of vision); to own watery or rheumy eyes," very early 14c., of uncertain source, perhaps from a classic English *blerian, through the same origin as blear (adj.). Associated: Bleared; blearing.

blear meaning in General Dictionary

(v.) Dim or sore with water or rheum; -- said of the eyes.

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  • (v.) Causing or brought on by dimness of sight; dim.
  • (v. t.) In order to make somewhat sore or watery, as eyes; to dim, or blur, because the picture. Figuratively: To confuse (mental or ethical perception); to blind; to hoodwink.