- dim or blurred, as the eyes are from lack of rest or when one first awakens
- having blurred vision
- Watery, filmy, or unable to see clearly: bleary eyes.
- Tired, disoriented, or bleary-eyed: He shuffled around the kitchen, bleary with sleep.
- Vaguely outlined; indistinct: “The Palisades are wan and bleary with heat” ( Clement Greenberg )