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BLEAT, v.i. [L. blatero; plaudo.] To make the noise of a sheep; to cry as a sheep.
v. & n. --v. 1 intr. (of a sheep, goat, or calf) make a weak, wavering cry. 2 intr. & tr. (often foll. by out) speak or say feebly, foolishly, or plaintively. --n. 1 the sound made by a sheep, goat, etc. 2 a weak, plaintive, or foolish cry. Derivatives: bleater n. bleatingly adv. Etymology: OE blætan (imit.)
Bleat Bleat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bleated; p. pr. & vb. n. Bleating.] [OE. bleten, AS. bl?tan; akin to D. blaten, bleeten, OHG. bl[=a]zan, pl[=a]zan; prob. of imitative origin.] To make the noise of, or one like that of, a sheep; to cry like a sheep or calf. Then suddenly was heard along the main, To low the ox, to bleat the woolly train. --Pope The ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baas, will never answer a calf when he bleats. --Shak.
Bleat Bleat, n. A plaintive cry of, or like that of, a sheep. The bleat of fleecy sheep. --Chapman's Homer.
(bleats, bleating, bleated) 1. When a sheep or goat bleats, it makes the sound that sheep and goats typically make. From the slope below, the wild goats bleated faintly. ...a small flock of bleating ewes and lambs. VERB: V, V-ing • Bleat is also a noun. ...the faint bleat of a distressed animal. N-COUNT 2. If you say that someone bleats about something, you mean that they complain about it in a way which makes them sound weak and irritating. They are always bleating about 'unfair' foreign competition... Don't come bleating to me every time something goes wrong. = whinge, whine VERB: V about n, V prep/adv, also V that [disapproval]
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