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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 Unabridged
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  • No, baas, better dan shoot, we make him bed—den wait see um lie down.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • “Jack say baas Joe go die,” she cried, clapping her legs with her hands.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • Some already had them in hand, but delayed opening fire, a word from baas Rynwald restraining them.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • Yaas, baas Hendrik,” answered Swartboy; “what you want to know first?

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Many Boers yesterday, many Boers other day, many Boers come in morning with baas.

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • "Keep your money and the portrait both, baas Cogez," he said, simply.

  • "The second heap of stones has done this, baas," said Hans faintly, and this time I did not even look him.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • Nevertheless, they did it, for they desired to please baas Cogez.

  • baas, when shall we start after that hoard of dead ivory, and which way will you go?

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • It never opened, baas; moreover, since this talk began I have been to look at it.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for baas


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


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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