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Gelid vs Bleak - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between gelid and bleak

is that gelid is very cold; icy or frosty while bleak is without color; pale; pallid.

As a noun bleak is

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




(en adjective)
  • Very cold; icy or frosty.
  • * . (rfdate)
  • A man of gelid reserve.
  • * 2005 , :
  • In the worst of summer the tower remained cool, yet the air seemed feverish and gelid when sisters of different Ajahs came too close.

    Derived terms

    * gelidity / gelidness * gelidly


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) bleke (also bleche > English .


  • Without color; pale; pallid.
  • * Foxe
  • When she came out she looked as pale and as bleak as one that were laid out dead.
  • Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds.
  • * Wordsworth
  • Wastes too bleak to rear / The common growth of earth, the foodful ear.
  • * Longfellow
  • at daybreak, on the bleak sea beach
    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.
  • Unhappy; cheerless; miserable; emotionally desolate.
  • 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.

    Etymology 2

    Probably from (etyl) bleikja .


    (en noun) (wikipedia bleak)
  • A small European river fish (Alburnus alburnus ), of the family Cyprinidae.
  • Synonyms
    * alburn * blay



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