Bleak vs Tweak - What's the difference?

bleak | tweak |

As nouns the difference between bleak and tweak

is that bleak is a small european river fish (alburnus alburnus ), of the family cyprinidae while tweak is a sharp pinch or jerk; a twist or twitch.

As an adjective bleak

is without color; pale; pallid.

As a verb tweak is

to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist; to twitch.



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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    (en noun)
  • A sharp pinch or jerk; a twist or twitch.
  • a tweak of the nose .
  • Trouble; distress; tweag.
  • A slight adjustment or modification.
  • He is running so many tweaks it is hard to remember how it looked originally.
  • (obsolete, slang) A prostitute.
  • * 1638 , , Barnabae Itinerarium: or Drunken Barnaby's four journeys to the north of England : In latin and english metre , Thomas Gent (1852), page 113:
  • […] Thence to Bautree, as I came there, / From the bushes near the lane, there / Rush'd a tweak in gesture flanting / With a leering eye, and wanton : / But my flesh I did subdue it / Fearing lest my purse should rue it.


    (en verb)
  • To pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist; to twitch.
  • (informal) To adjust slightly; to fine-tune.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too.
  • To twit or tease.
  • (intransitive, US, slang) To abuse methamphetamines, especially crystal meth.
  • (intransitive, US, slang) To exhibit symptoms of methamphetamine abuse, such as extreme nervousness, compulsiveness, erratic motion, excitability; possibly a blend of twitch and freak.
  • (intransitive, US, slang) To exhibit extreme nervousness, evasiveness when confronted by law enforcement or other authority (e.g., customs agents, border patrol, teacher, etc.), mimicking methamphetamine abuse symptoms.
  • Derived terms

    * (drug abuser) tweaker, (US) * (drug abuse) tweaking