bleater

bleat

[bleet]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
verb (used with object)
2.
to give forth with or as if with a bleat: He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
3.
to babble; prate.
noun
4.
the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.
5.
any similar sound: the bleat of distant horns.
6.
foolish, complaining talk; babble: I listened to their inane bleat all evening.

Origin:
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)
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bleat (bliːt)
 
vb
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
 
n
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]
 
'bleater
 
n
 
'bleating
 
n, —adj

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bleat
O.E. blætan, common W.Gmc., of imitative origin (cf. Gk. blekhe, O.C.S. blejat).
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