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[ba, bah] /bæ, bɑ/
verb (used without object), baaed, baaing.
to make the sound of a sheep; bleat.
the bleating cry of a sheep.
Origin of baa
First recorded in 1580-90; imitative


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  • At last the third day also passed, and the fisherman had not even said baa.

  • When he called "Nanny" it answered him instantly with a plaintive "baa!"

    A Boy's Town W. D. Howells
  • So they treat you like a fool, and you put up with it and baa after them!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • But outwardly he was hopelessly tame; outwardly—baa, baa, baa.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • I would like to baa at him again, but I dare not with all these foreign folk.

    By What Authority? Robert Hugh Benson
  • He was the baby, and they called him that because "baa" was the first thing he ever said.

  • The meaning and the form of poetry is to him as intelligent as the baa of a sheep is to you.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for baa


verb baas, baaing, baaed
(intransitive) to make the cry of a sheep; bleat
the cry made by sheep


the main airports operator in the United Kingdom; until privatization in 1987, an abbreviation for British Airports Authority
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Word Origin and History for baa

imitative sound of a sheep, attested from 1580s, but probably older, as baa is recorded before this a name for a child's toy sheep.

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