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[blat] /blæt/ Chiefly Northeastern U.S. and Great Lakes.
verb (used without object), blatted, blatting.
to make a loud or raucous noise.
verb (used with object), blatted, blatting.
to utter loudly and indiscreetly; blurt.
bleat (def 4).
Origin of blat
1840-50; perhaps expressive variant of bleat; cf. blate2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Immediately they were greeted by the whirr of wheels, the chatter of many herders, and the blatting of sheep.

    The Story of Wool Sara Ware Bassett
  • When she again killed the blatting motor, she let it stay dead.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Far away they heard the blatting of sheep, the bark of a dog.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • Swept up in a bunch of blatting bull calves like that, and me the size I am?

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • Whenever a blatting animal made a dash for liberty the dogs drove it into the press, barking and nipping.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • He dragged the first one to the spot where the calf was blatting so pitifully.

  • So it came snorting and blatting to the other side and climbed up the bank.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • Thats what comes of blatting things in a two-by-four burg like this.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • The Major was with him every step of the way, blatting about his friend Fitzpatrick.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Outside, the sheep were blatting stridently their demand for breakfast.

    The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for blatting


verb (US & Canadian) blats, blatting, blatted
(intransitive) to cry out or bleat like a sheep
(transitive) to utter indiscreetly in a loud voice
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blatting



1846, U.S. colloquial, imitative. Related: Blatted; blatting. As a noun from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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