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baa

[ba, bah] /bæ, bɑ/
verb (used without object), baaed, baaing.
1.
to make the sound of a sheep; bleat.
noun
2.
the bleating cry of a sheep.
Origin of baa
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; imitative
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baas

/bɑːs/
noun
1.
a South African word for a boss: often used by Black or Coloured people addressing a White manager or overseer
Word Origin
C17: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch baes master; see boss1

baa

/bɑː/
verb baas, baaing, baaed
1.
(intransitive) to make the cry of a sheep; bleat
noun
2.
the cry made by sheep

BAA

noun
1.
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 baas

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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