blear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blear tired to the point of exhaustion
    • v blear make dim or indistinct "The fog blurs my vision"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blear Causing or caused by dimness of sight; dim. "Power to cheat the eye with blear illusion."
    • Blear Dim or sore with water or rheum; -- said of the eyes. "His blear eyes ran in gutters to his chin."
    • v. t Blear To make somewhat sore or watery, as the eyes; to dim, or blur, as the sight. Figuratively: To obscure (mental or moral perception); to blind; to hoodwink. "That tickling rheums
      Should ever tease the lungs and blear the sight."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blear To affect (the eyes) with flowing tears or rheum so that the sight is dimmed and indistinct; make rheumy and dim: as, “blered her eyes,”
    • blear To blur, as the face with weeping; obscure; obfuscate.
    • blear To blear one's eyes, figuratively, to deceive; hoodwink; blind.
    • blear To have bleared or inflamed eyes; be blear-eyed.
    • blear Sore or dim from a watery discharge or other superficial affection: applied only to the eyes.
    • blear Producing dimness of vision; blinding.
    • blear Dim; indistinct; confused in outlines.
    • n blear Something that obscures the sight.
    • blear To thrust (out); protrude: with out.
    • blear To thrust out the tongue in mockery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blear blēr (as in Blear-eyed, blēr′-īd) sore or inflamed: dim or blurred with inflammation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bleren,; cf. Dan. plire, to blink, Sw. plira, to twinkle, wink, LG. plieren,; perh. from the same root as E. blink,. See Blink, and cf. Blur
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low Ger. bleer-oged, 'blear-eyed.'

Usage

In literature:

His bleared eyes and heavy swollen jaw showed the effects of a recent debauch ending in a fist fight.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
I have often seen blear-eyed women, who said they had become so by excessive weeping over the death of a child.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
His eyes were bleared and dull.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Johnny did not return at all that night, but showed up next morning at the diggings, looking blear-eyed and sleepy.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Then he returned and, heedless of his new overalls, got down upon his knees, sweeping bleared eyes under the wagon.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Maren dried her bleared eyes, and looked faithfully into his.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
As the direfulness of it all crept over him, something very like anger gleamed through the blear of his faded eyes.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
The old blear-eyed Boody is not so cheery as we have seen him, although his party has won brilliant success.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
The stout, blear-eyed Boody presently made his appearance.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
Thou canst talk over the gentry, and blear a plain man's eye.
"International Short Stories" by Various
His eyes were coal-black, large, coldly searching, as they met Ennis' bleared gaze.
"The Door into Infinity" by Edmond Hamilton
Yonder red-bearded, blear-eyed fellow who is whittling a stick as he whistles, was the principal speaker.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
My poor eyes are all bleared with my weeping and my nose is woeful.
"Our Admirable Betty" by Jeffery Farnol
Clarey range-rider drove steers over hill black of Blear Cleek ranch, Slandy tlell Hopi Soy.
"The Trail of Conflict" by Emilie Baker Loring
Cappeze looked at the windows bleared with their residue of dust and out through them at the hills mantling to an autumnal glory.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
In one or two shops a light was appearing, looking tiny, blear, and absurd in the gray afternoon.
"Vanitas" by Vernon Lee
He recalled the dirt and poverty and the whimpering of the blear-eyed child with the chronic cold.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
Mouldy, gray and blear, it lives far longer than one's whole life!
"The Three Heron's Feathers" by Hermann Sudermann
His eyes were bleared, yet he looked rather enterprising.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Behind her peered forth the face of a toothless and blear-eyed old woman.
"The Galaxy" by Various
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In poetry:

Though our eyes begin to blear,
With fogs thick enough to shear,
And we feel inclined to swear,
At the month that comes to smear
All things lovely, all things dear;
We must bear and yet forbear.
"November's Here" by John Hartley
And in my thoughts the dreadful thing is sitting--
Sitting there with eyelids red and blear,
And see it there I will
'Til my restless soul is still
And the earth-clods roll and rumble on my bier.
"In Deeper Vein" by Edwin Carty Ranck
The headlight finds the way
And life is gone from the wet and the welter—
Only an old woman, bloated, disheveled and bleared.
Far-wandered waif of other days,
Huddles for sleep in a doorway,
Homeless.
"Old Woman" by Carl Sandburg
There's nothing left to hope for more.
Poor fool, to think he might atone!
He sees in a mist a fast-shut door.
Shambling and blear-eyed and alone
He goes, and darkness covers him,
Who saw the glory and the gleam.
"Unfit" by Katharine Tynan
Broken with lust and drink, blear-eyed and ill,
Her battered bonnet nodding on her head,
From a dark arch she clutched my sleeve and said:
'I've sold no bunch to-day, nor touched a bite…
Son, buy six-pennorth; and 't will mean a bed.'
"Geraniums" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Hark — at last — the burst of the blast —
The roar of the charge and howls of defiance!
The cottonwoods, grim on the bleared hill-rim,
Grapple with giants weird and dim —
Titan torses, pedisonant horses —
Gods and demons and seraphim!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt