(noun, adjective)


1. offering little or no hope

- prospects were bleak

- Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult

Similar word(s): hopeless, black, dim

2. providing no shelter or sustenance

- the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes

Similar word(s): inhospitable, bare, barren, desolate, stark

3. unpleasantly cold and damp

- bleak winds of the North Atlantic

Similar word(s): cold, cutting, raw

Sentences with bleak as an adjective:

- A bleak and bare rock.

- They escaped across the bleak landscape.

- A bleak, crater-pocked moonscape.

- We hiked across open meadows and climbed bleak mountains.

- Downtown Albany felt bleak that February after the divorce.

- A bleak future is in store for you.

- The news is bleak.

- The survey paints a bleak picture.


1. A small European river fish (Alburnus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidae.