1. [ adjective ] offering little or no hope
Synonyms: black dim

"the future looked black" "prospects were bleak" "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge "took a dim view of things"

Related terms: hopeless
2. [ adjective ] providing no shelter or sustenance
Synonyms: desolate barren stark bare

"bare rocky hills" "barren lands" "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes" "the desolate surface of the moon" "a stark landscape"

Related terms: inhospitable
3. [ adjective ] unpleasantly cold and damp
Synonyms: raw cutting

"bleak winds of the North Atlantic"

Related terms: cold
Similar spelling:   black