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[ba, bah]
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verb (used without object), baaed, baa·ing.
  1. to make the sound of a sheep; bleat.
  1. the bleating cry of a sheep.

Origin of baa

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative
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Historical Examples

  • Nevertheless, they did it, for they desired to please Baas Cogez.

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  • Baas Cogez went into his mill-house sore troubled in his mind.

  • "Keep your money and the portrait both, Baas Cogez," he said, simply.

  • Baas Joe go die,” said the woman with horrible persistence.

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    George Manville Fenn

  • “Jack say Baas Joe go die,” she cried, clapping her legs with her hands.

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British Dictionary definitions for baas


  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 boss 1


verb baas, baaing or baaed
  1. (intr) to make the cry of a sheep; bleat
  1. the cry made by sheep


  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


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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