Bleak



bare, desolate, and often windswept:
a bleak plain.
cold and piercing; raw:
a bleak wind.
without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary:
a bleak future.
a European freshwater fish, Alburnus alburnus, having scales with a silvery pigment that is used in the production of artificial pearls.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The Duke Of Chimney Butte G. W. Ogden
The Trail Book Mary Austin
Bleak House Charles Dickens
King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen

adjective
exposed and barren; desolate
cold and raw
offering little hope or excitement; dismal: a bleak future
noun
any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
adj.

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