verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
verb (used with object)
to give forth with or as if with a bleat: He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
to babble; prate.
the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.
any similar sound: the bleat of distant horns.
foolish, complaining talk; babble: I listened to their inane bleat all evening.

before 1000; Middle English bleten, Old English blǣtan; cognate with Dutch blaten, Old High German blāzen; akin to Latin flēre to weep

bleater, noun
bleatingly, adverb
outbleat, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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bleat (bliːt)
1.  (intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
2.  (intr) to speak with any similar sound
3.  to whine; whimper
4.  the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
5.  any sound similar to this
6.  a weak complaint or whine
[Old English blǣtan; related to Old High German blāzen, Dutch blaten, Latin flēre to weep; see blare]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. blætan, common W.Gmc., of imitative origin (cf. Gk. blekhe, O.C.S. blejat).
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Example sentences
Their call is described as a nasal w-a-a-a-a-a-h, similar to the bleat of a sheep, that lasts about one to two and a half seconds.
In restaurants, the beep, chirp and bleat of cell phones has become so annoying
  that some have begun posting signs banning them.
Such companies frequently bleat that personal data is secure and inviolable.
Here are eight potential products coming soon from bioreactors that bloom, moo,
  and bleat.
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