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bleat

[bleet] /blit/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English bleten, Old English blǣtan; cognate with Dutch blaten, Old High German blāzen; akin to Latin flēre to weep
Related forms
bleater, noun
bleatingly, adverb
outbleat, verb (used with object)
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  • He bounded over the tall weeds to her, bleating hungrily.
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  • While bleating of flocks and birds piping made sweeter the land.
  • We could hear the neglected sheep bleating on the hill in the next moment's silence.
  • And the loser is still bleating about court challenges.
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  • Some of the consternation is the usual bleating that arises when people have to pay more tax.
  • Scientists have been bleating about misuse of data in genetic tests for years.
  • Exports are rising, for all the protectionist bleating.
British Dictionary definitions for bleating

bleat

/bliːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
2.
(intransitive) to speak with any similar sound
3.
to whine; whimper
noun
4.
the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
5.
any sound similar to this
6.
a weak complaint or whine
Derived Forms
bleater, noun
bleating, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English blǣtan; related to Old High German blāzen, Dutch blaten, Latin flēre to weep; see blare
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Word Origin and History for bleating

bleat

v.

Old English blætan, from West Germanic *bhle- (cf. Dutch blaten "to bleat"), of imitative origin (cf. Greek blekhe "a bleating; the wailing of children," Old Church Slavonic blejat "to bleat," Latin flere "to weep"). Related: Bleated; bleating.

n.

c.1500, from bleat (v.).

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