Adjective "bleaker" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an area of land) lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements.
  1. 'They are the last of their generation of brave young men who risked their lives for their country, fighting on the bleak battlefields of Flanders and facing horrors people today can hardly imagine.'
  2. 'The yard and the vast prairie lands were bleak and desolate.'
  3. 'They also give him room to create bleak landscapes that mirror the morality of the tales.'
  4. 'They were always the same; he would be stood at the top of the same cliff, watching the same bleak, dead land.'
  5. 'With nothing but miles of open, bleak desert ahead of her, she battled mind over matter to reach the end of a gruelling 160 km trip.'
  6. 'It was partly Wolfe's portrait of the Bronx - a bleak, unprepossessing gang land - that has kept me away all this time.'
  7. 'The Norwegian lieutenant was a national hero, known to everyone, even in this bleak area.'
  8. 'Rhea looked up miserably at the bleak mountains surrounding them.'
  9. 'The trees are bare, the land is bleak, closed, unproductive and numb, its furrows seemingly incapable of the new life we hope for in the spring.'
  10. 'I look around, and the bleak landscape leads me to wonder what use a place like this would have for China, a country already vast in size, population and economy.'
  11. 'he looked round the bleak little room in despair'
  12. 'Even the bleak tower blocks of Hume are caught in limpid Northern sunlight, breaking through the clouds, making the estates look like places of hopeful promise.'
  13. 'Hammond paced around the man known as Samuel Phillips, who unwilling sat strapped to a bolted down chair in the center of the bleak interrogation room.'
  14. 'After a few hours of riding, they saw it in the distance - a large, bleak tower, standing dark against a beautiful bright blue sky.'
  15. 'Isolated in a bleak house in the midst of a desolate, frozen landscape, Conradin finds himself unable to adjust to his aunt's harsh regime.'
  16. 'The painting becomes a study of a rather bleak room illuminated by indirect light that barely enables us to make out the art on the walls.'
  17. 'The psychologist's room was bare and bleak with no windows.'
  18. 'As there are hardly any congregants in the bleak church, and these include only some of the central characters, this seems a strange device.'
  19. 'The very best of the various consequences that might befall us would be the prolonged hardship and misery of an indefinite stay in a bleak prison camp.'
  20. 'It seemed so hard to believe that anyone so accustomed to such accommodations could possibly live in the dark bleak castle of Amedon.'
  21. 'It is a bleak, formally furnished room, with large gold-framed photographs of kings and queens on the walls.'
  22. 'It left the punters with a warm glow to accompany them as they made their way in the evening's bleak weather.'
  23. 'The cold and bleak winter weather all add up to us feeling grumpy and miserable.'
  24. 'Out of Germany for 3 years, they returned to find the bleak, miserable European weather.'
  25. 'February is bleak and cold, and there's nothing wrong with a little color and a park full of people.'
  26. 'So intense was the pain in this instance that I passed out on that cold, bleak Ann Arbor afternoon.'
  27. 'It is very much a community event, with schools, businesses and local organisations all joining together for a fun day to brighten the bleak midwinter.'
  28. 'There was little vegetation and a bleak wind blew down from the snows of the high passes.'
  29. 'I arrived shortly before 10 a.m. in a bleak downpour, trusting that someone had recorded my appointment.'
  30. 'Although the weather on Friday was bleak, Bob assured me that Saturday would be great.'
  31. 'We paired it up with a floral top because in the bleak mid-winter there is nothing quite so depressing as the flowerless landscape.'
  32. 'he paints a bleak picture of a company that has lost its way'
  33. 'I think that the Air Canada situation is pretty bleak.'
  34. 'Newspaper reports about the topic also opened her eyes to the bleak situation of the elderly.'
  35. 'But the desperately bleak situation in the Middle East cannot be allowed to become a zero sum game.'
  36. 'From a bleak situation there's still a chance of a complete cure.'
  37. 'Homeowners in flood-prone areas faced a bleak start to the new year.'
  38. 'Conditions are so bleak in so many areas we seem on the verge of a social emergency.'
  39. 'It's New York in the mid-'80s and the situation is bleak.'
  40. 'Last week Noonan suggested the need for more family farms - at a time when farmers are leaving the land in droves and a future on the land rarely seems more bleak.'
  41. 'If people on middle incomes continue to shun inner cities, those areas will face a bleak future.'
  42. 'Against this bleak background, the good news is that there is a clear distinction between anti-Americanism and criticism of US policies.'
  43. 'his mouth was set and his eyes were bleak'
  44. 'His eyes were hooded matching the bleak, dark expression on his face.'
  45. 'I smiled encouragingly when she turned a bleak expression on me.'
  46. 'Captain Val was the first to greet her, his expression bleak.'
  47. 'Although his expression was bleak, he smiled at that.'
  48. 'She looked so hopeless and bleak, her expression scared me.'


A small silvery shoaling fish of the carp family, found in Eurasian rivers.
  1. 'The flies for pike were naturally bigger than the bleaks, so they left me alone and I got some pike.'
  2. 'The chef has tried to offer a wide variety of freshwater fish dishes, keeping in touch, however, with traditional recipes such as rice with perch, fried bleaks, and whitefish.'


1. bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain.

2. cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind.

3. without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future.

More examples(as adjective)

"outlooks can be bleaker."

"futures can be bleaker."

"scenarios can be bleaker."

"pictures can be bleaker."

"times can be bleaker."

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(bleak)Late 15th century: from Old Norse bleikja.