4. gladness (dialect obsolete)
5. a tear (dialect obsolete)
6. bleak weather from an exposed quarter (dialect)
also in forms bliacuo, bliacuoh, bléo(h, bleo, ble, bleye
adjective also in form BLEA (dialect)
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Old English bléo (bléoh, after féoh) str. neut. = Old Saxon blî, OFris. blî, blie, north. Fris. bläy:—OTeut. *blîjo-(m colour, hue. (Not connected with blae, blue.)
A purely poetical word in ME., which gradually became obs. in the course of the 16th or early in the 17th c. (not in Shakespeare); but being frequent in ballads and metrical romances, it has been used by one or two modern poets.
Cf. dial. bly, thought by some to be a survival of ble.
From: A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, James Murray, 1888-1933
From: The Life and Complete Works in Prose and Verse of Robert Greene
Edited by the Rev. Alexander B. Grosart, 1881-6
Volume XIV. Plays.
A Pleasant Conceyted Comedie of George a Greene, The Pinner of Wakefield, 1599