Need another word that means the same as “bleak”? Find 44 synonyms and 30 related words for “bleak” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Bleak” are: bare, barren, desolate, stark, black, dim, cutting, raw, exposed, arid, denuded, lunar, open, empty, windswept, cold, keen, harsh, wintry, unpromising, unfavourable, unpropitious, inauspicious, adverse, disadvantageous, uninviting, discouraging, disheartening, depressing, cheerless, joyless, gloomy, sombre, dreary, dismal, wretched, miserable, dark, grim, drab, portentous, foreboding, hopeless, ominous
Bleak as an Adjective
Definitions of "Bleak" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “bleak” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- (of an area of land) lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements.
- (of a situation) not hopeful or encouraging; unlikely to have a favourable outcome.
- Offering little or no hope.
- Offering little or no hope- J.M.Synge.
- (of the weather) cold and miserable.
- (of a building or room) charmless and inhospitable; dreary.
- Unpleasantly cold and damp.
- Providing no shelter or sustenance.
- (of a person's expression) cold and forbidding.
Synonyms of "Bleak" as an adjective (44 Words)
|adverse||In an opposing direction.|
Adverse weather conditions.
|arid||(of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.|
The arid plains north of Cape Town.
|bare||Just barely adequate or within a lower limit.|
An ordeal that would lay bare a troubled family background.
|barren||(of a tree or plant) not producing fruit or seed.|
The barren fig tree.
|black||Of a ski run of the highest level of difficulty as indicated by black markers positioned along it.|
A black moonless night.
|cheerless||Causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy.|
Something cheerless about the room.
|cold||Having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e g ice or refrigeration.|
A cold and unaffectionate person.
|cutting||Capable of cutting something.|
The cutting blades of the hedge trimmer.
|dark||Having a dark hue.|
A dark gloomy day.
|denuded||Without the natural or usual covering.|
|depressing||Causing or resulting in a feeling of miserable dejection.|
That thought is too depressing for words.
|desolate||(of a place) uninhabited and giving an impression of bleak emptiness.|
A desolate Pennine moor.
|dim||Made dim or less bright.|
The dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation.
|disadvantageous||Involving or creating circumstances detrimental to success or effectiveness.|
The new employment scheme is disadvantageous to women.
|discouraging||Expressing disapproval in order to dissuade.|
Where never is heard a discouraging word.
|disheartening||Destructive of morale and self-reliance.|
Her death is particularly disheartening because it was preventable.
|dismal||Causing a mood of gloom or depression.|
The first dismal dispiriting days of November.
|drab||Lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise.|
Her drab personality.
|dreary||Lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise.|
The dreary round of working eating and trying to sleep.
|empty||Devoid of significance or force.|
Their promises were empty words.
|exposed||Not sheltered or protected from the weather.|
Some areas of exposed coastline could see gusts of wind of more than 80 mph.
|foreboding||Implying that something bad is going to happen.|
When the Doctor spoke his voice was dark and foreboding.
|gloomy||Dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening.|
A gloomy silence.
|grim||Very serious or gloomy.|
A grim goalless draw in appalling weather.
|harsh||Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses.|
The harsh facts of court delays.
|hopeless||Without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success.|
The situation is hopeless.
Following this inauspicious start the British outnumbered withdrew.
|joyless||Not giving or feeling any pleasure or satisfaction; grim or dismal.|
A joyless occasion.
|keen||Interested in or attracted by (someone or something.|
|lunar||Of, determined by, or resembling the moon.|
A lunar eclipse.
|miserable||(of a person) wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable.|
Almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans.
|ominous||Giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen; threateningly inauspicious.|
There were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead.
|open||Open and observable not secret or hidden.|
The plans allow increasing numbers of new houses in open countryside.
|portentous||Puffed up with vanity.|
This portentous year in Canadian history.
|raw||(of language) coarse or crude, typically in relation to sexual matters.|
You may kill someone someday with your raw power.
|sombre||Lacking brightness or color; dull.|
The night skies were sombre and starless.
|stark||Providing no shelter or sustenance.|
|unfavourable||Involving or creating circumstances detrimental to success or effectiveness.|
Single mothers are often the target of unfavourable press attention.
|uninviting||(especially of a place or prospect) not attractive.|
The house was dark and uninviting.
|unpromising||Not giving hope of future success or good results.|
The boy s natural intellect had survived in unpromising circumstances.
|unpropitious||(of a circumstance) not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavourable.|
His reports were submitted at a financially unpropitious time.
|windswept||Untidy in appearance after being exposed to the wind.|
|wintry||Characteristic of or occurring in winter.|
Brown wintry grasses.
|wretched||Of very poor quality or condition.|
She disliked the wretched man intensely.
Usage Examples of "Bleak" as an adjective
- The future looks bleak.
- He looked round the bleak little room in despair.
- A bleak and barren moor.
- Bleak winds of the North Atlantic.
- He paints a bleak picture of a company that has lost its way.
- A bleak midwinter's day.
- His mouth was set and his eyes were bleak.
- Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult.
- Prospects were bleak.
- The bleak treeless regions of the high Andes.
Associations of "Bleak" (30 Words)
|barren||A barren tract or tracts of land.|
The room was barren of furniture.
|crestfallen||Sad and disappointed.|
He came back empty handed and crestfallen.
|dejected||Affected or marked by low spirits.|
He stood in the street looking dejected.
|depressed||Lower than previously.|
The market is depressed.
|despair||A state in which all hope is lost or absent.|
In despair I hit the bottle.
|despairing||Showing the loss of all hope.|
He gave a despairing little shrug.
Felt a desperate urge to confess.
|despondent||Without or almost without hope.|
Despondent about his failure.
|dingy||Discolored by impurities; not bright and clear is often used in combination.|
A dingy room.
Thousands of disappointed customers were kept waiting.
|disconsolate||Very unhappy and unable to be comforted.|
She left Fritz looking disconsolate.
|discouraged||Lacking in resolution.|
Felt discouraged by the magnitude of the problem.
The dismal weather made the late afternoon seem like evening.
|dispirited||Having lost enthusiasm and hope; disheartened.|
A dispirited and divided Party.
|drab||Clothes especially trousers made of drab.|
A young man dressed in drabs.
|dreary||Lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise.|
A series of dreary dinner parties.
|forbidden||Not allowed; banned.|
A list of forbidden books.
A dark gloomy day.
|hangdog||Showing a sense of guilt- Eric Linklater.|
The hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy.
|heartsick||Full of sorrow.|
Weary and heartsick she forced herself to search throughout the remains of the village.
|helpless||Unable to defend oneself or to act without help.|
Lying ill and helpless.
|hopeless||Beyond hope of management or reform.|
She handed me a hopeless jumble of papers.
|inhospitable||(of an environment) harsh and difficult to live in.|
They are extremely inhospitable these days.
|melancholy||Having a feeling of melancholy sad and pensive.|
She felt a little melancholy.
|pessimistic||Expecting the worst possible outcome.|
He was pessimistic about the prospects.
|prohibit||(of a fact or situation) make (something) impossible; prevent.|
All ivory trafficking between nations is prohibited.
|relentlessly||In an unceasingly intense or harsh way.|
Joseph worked relentlessly.
|sad||Of things that make you feel sad Christina Rossetti.|
He told her the sad story of his life.
|stark||Severe or bare in appearance or outline.|
His position is in stark contrast to that of Curran.
|unmitigated||Not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier.|
The tour had been an unmitigated disaster.