from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To blur or redden (the eyes).
- transitive v. To blur; dim.
- adj. Bleary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dim, unclear from water or rheum.
- v. To make blurred or dim, especially the eyes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dim or sore with water or rheum; -- said of the eyes.
- adj. Causing or caused by dimness of sight; dim.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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,”
- To blur, as the face with weeping; obscure; obfuscate.
- To blear one's eyes, figuratively, to deceive; hoodwink; blind.
- To have bleared or inflamed eyes; be blear-eyed.
- Sore or dim from a watery discharge or other superficial affection: applied only to the eyes.
- Producing dimness of vision; blinding.
- Dim; indistinct; confused in outlines.
- n. Something that obscures the sight.
- To thrust (out); protrude: with out.
- To thrust out the tongue in mockery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make dim or indistinct
- adj. tired to the point of exhaustion
Middle English bleren.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of uncertain origin; perhaps related to blur. (Wiktionary)