- to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
- 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
Examples from the Web for bleated
"The both of 'em says they're goin' to do fer you," bleated Mr. Bardlock.The Gentleman From Indiana
He bleated in distress and scrambled out of that hard and painful place.Tales of Fishes
They came to me separately: one bleated, another screamed, one howled.Lord Jim
Some of them bleated like lambs, and some of them turled like turtles.The Book of the Damned
"It's a cheap, plain trick," bleated the aged steamship manager.Blow The Man Down
- (intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
- (intr) 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
Word Origin and History for bleated
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.).