- bleak ► ADJECTIVE 1) bare and exposed to the elements. 2) charmless and inhospitable. 3) (of a situation) not hopeful or encouraging.DERIVATIVES bleakly adverb bleakness noun.ORIGIN Old English or Old Norse, «white, shining».
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bleakly — 1530s, from BLEAK (Cf. bleak) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) … Etymology dictionary
bleakly — adv. Bleakly is used with these verbs: ↑stare … Collocations dictionary
bleakly — bleak|ly [ blikli ] adverb in a way that shows no hope or confidence: I doubt it, she said bleakly … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
bleakly — UK [ˈbliːklɪ] / US [ˈblɪklɪ] adverb in a way that shows no hope or confidence I doubt it, she said bleakly … English dictionary
bleakly — adverb without hope (Freq. 3) he wondered bleakly • Derived from adjective: ↑bleak … Useful english dictionary
Bleakly — Bleak Bleak (bl[=e]k), a. [OE. blac, bleyke, bleche, AS. bl[=a]c, bl[=ae]c, pale, wan; akin to Icel. bleikr, Sw. blek, Dan. bleg, OS. bl[=e]k, D. bleek, OHG. pleih, G. bleich; all from the root of AS. bl[=i]can to shine; akin to OHG. bl[=i]chen… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
bleakly — adverb see bleak … New Collegiate Dictionary
bleakly — See bleak1. * * * … Universalium
bleakly — adverb /bliːk.li/ In a bleak manner … Wiktionary
bleakly — adv. gloomily, in a cheerless manner … English contemporary dictionary