Pronunciation: (blēk),[key] —adj.,-er, -est. 1. bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain. 2. cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind. 3. without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future.
Pronunciation: (blēk),[key] —n. a European freshwater fish, Alburnus alburnus, having scales with a silvery pigment that is used in the production of artificial pearls.