Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[bleet] /blit/
verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
verb (used with object)
to give forth with or as if with a bleat:
He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
to babble; prate.
the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.
any similar sound:
the bleat of distant horns.
foolish, complaining talk; babble:
I listened to their inane bleat all evening.
Origin of bleat
before 1000; Middle English bleten, Old English blǣtan; cognate with Dutch blaten, Old High German blāzen; akin to Latin flēre to weep
Related forms
bleater, noun
bleatingly, adverb
outbleat, verb (used with object) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bleat
Historical Examples
  • "I hate all this bleat about the Middle Ages," Gilbert exclaimed.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • And as I enter the little village, I am greeted by the bleat of sheep and the low of the kine.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • I heard the bleat of a lamb or kid, and it pierced the melancholy roar of the sea.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But though on that evening a basso did bleat, it may be that he was not bubonic.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • More like the bleat of an innocent calf,” said Roberts—“eh, Bracy?

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • I hear him bleat now,” said Jack,—“about the blackest sheep I have ever seen.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • If he was to blither, it was only fair that she should bleat back.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • In the fields the lambs ceased to bleat, the horses to neigh and the cows to low.

    The Sleeping Beauty C. S. Evans
  • They called and called, but the goat did not bleat back to them.

  • A jumble of packing-cases with something twisted in a corner to signify a bleat.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for bleat


(intransitive) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
(intransitive) to speak with any similar sound
to whine; whimper
the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
any sound similar to this
a weak complaint or whine
Derived Forms
bleater, noun
bleating, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English blǣtan; related to Old High German blāzen, Dutch blaten, Latin flēre to weep; see blare
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bleat

Old English blætan, from West Germanic *bhle- (cf. Dutch blaten "to bleat"), of imitative origin (cf. Greek blekhe "a bleating; the wailing of children," Old Church Slavonic blejat "to bleat," Latin flere "to weep"). Related: Bleated; bleating.


c.1500, from bleat (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bleat

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bleat

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bleat