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[bleyt] /bleɪt/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
bashful; shy.
Origin of blate1
before 1000; Old English blāt livid, pallid, (of a sound) low (not found in ME)
Related forms
blately, adverb
blateness, noun


[bleyt] /bleɪt/ Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
verb (used without object), blated, blating.
bleat (def 4).
1855-60; perhaps dialectal variant of bleat (cf. great) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But gin that wasna a quean, ye canna deny but she luikit unco like ane, and no a blate (bashful) ane eyther.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • But at no time was the genial little poet "blate," as he would himself have said.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • But the compliment is like the chariot-wheels o Pharaoh, sae dreigh o drawing, that I canna afford to be blate wi you ony langer.

    The Entail John Galt
  • We're no blate at askin' the lawin', although some folk are unco' slow at payin' o't. It's just four-and-six.

    Scotch Wit and Humor W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
  • "Faith, and you are not blate," said she whimsically, but indifferent to remove herself from a grasp so innocent.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • He's 'no blate,' as they used to say in Scotland, and made himself quite at home to-night.

    Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Grant was by no means "blate" in availing himself of the hint, but the Shaws were tough fighters.

  • "You're too blate, Colin," he said, and then he put his arm through his wife's and gave her a squeeze to take her into his joke.

    John Splendid Neil Munro

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