- made dim by tears, mucus, etc.: said of eyes
- blurred; dim; indistinct; misty
Origin of blearMiddle English blere, watery, rheumy from the verb
- to dim (the eyes) with tears, mucus, etc.
- to blur (a surface or an outline)
Origin of blearME bleren, to have watery eyes, akin to Ger plärren, to bawl, cry < IE base *bhl?-, to howl, weep (of echoic orig.) > blare, bleat, L flere, to weep
transitive verbbleared, blear·ing, blears
- To blur or redden (the eyes).
- To blur; dim.
Origin of blearMiddle English bleren
(comparative more blear, superlative most blear)
- (of eyes or vision) dim, unclear from water or rheum.
- Causing or caused by dimness of sight.
(third-person singular simple present blears, present participle blearing, simple past and past participle bleared)
Of uncertain origin; perhaps related to blur.