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blat

[blat]Chiefly Northeastern U.S. and Great Lakes.
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verb (used without object), blat·ted, blat·ting.
  1. bleat.
  2. to make a loud or raucous noise.
verb (used with object), blat·ted, blat·ting.
  1. to utter loudly and indiscreetly; blurt.
noun
  1. bleat(def 4).

Origin of blat

1840–50; perhaps expressive variant of bleat; cf. blate2
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Examples from the Web for blat

Historical Examples

  • But the Herald wants the people––the people that come to our shows––to get up and blat.

    Rope

    Holworthy Hall

  • Walk all over a body's feet, an' then blat about how sorry you be.

  • The latter animal could not blat, for its wind was shut off.

  • There was a blat, a puff of white smoke, and the calf was turned back to his "Mammy."

    Bat Wing Bowles

    Dane Coolidge

  • Billy Bumps began to blat and butt the partition in his pen.


British Dictionary definitions for blat

blat

verb blats, blatting or blatted US and Canadian
  1. (intr) to cry out or bleat like a sheep
  2. (tr) to utter indiscreetly in a loud voice

Word Origin

C19: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blat

v.

1846, U.S. colloquial, imitative. Related: Blatted; blatting. As a noun from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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