Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of bleary-eyed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having sore eyes; having the eyes dim with rheum; dim-sighted.
  • adj. Lacking in perception or penetration; short-sighted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having sore eyes; having the eyes dimmed or inflamed by flowing tears or rheum; dim-sighted.
  • Wanting in perception or understanding; short-sighted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tired to the point of exhaustion

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Examples

  • (London received $530 for this story on August 14, 1905.) "TO cook by your fire and to sleep under your roof for the night," I had announced on entering old Ebbits's cabin; and he had looked at me blear-eyed and vacuous, while Zilla had favored me with a sour face and a contemptuous grunt.

    The White Man's Way

  • I had announced on entering old Ebbits's cabin; and he had looked at me blear-eyed and vacuous, while Zilla had favored me with a sour face and a contemptuous grunt.

    THE WHITE MAN'S WAY

  • The chief was alone with his blear-eyed wife, but a glance sufficed to tell Mackenzie that the news was already told.

    The Sun of the Wolf

  • He remembered the days when some of the old men, still alive, had been born; and, unlike him, they were now decrepit, shaken with palsy, blear-eyed, toothless of mouth, deaf of ear, or paralysed.

    CHAPTER XI

  • The Emperor grew more weak-legged and blear-eyed what of the ingenious deviltries devised for him by

    Chapter 15

  • A blear-eyed ancient stood before him, balancing on a single crutch.

    CHAPTER 2

  • They sat down together on the floor, and she patted Frona's hand lovingly, peering, meanwhile, blear-eyed and misty, into her face.

    CHAPTER 2

  • In "The White Man's Way" (New York Tribune Sunday Magazine, November 4, 1906), Old Ebbits, "blear-eyed and vacuous," and his wife Zilla ( "no more bitter-tongued, implacable old squaw dwelt on the Yukon") are visited by a white man who shares his moose meat, tea and tobacco with them.

    “I ain't never goin' to work again. . . . I'm plum tired out.”

  • Sleepy grooms rose, blear-eyed, to take the horses of their English guests, a company of twenty men.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • As my sister-in-law put it only this weekend upon seeing me still blear-eyed from 13-hour days of writing and lingering jet lag, Oh, five weeks in France.

    Author! Author! » 2009 » June

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