[ba, bah]
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  1. the bleating cry of a sheep.

Origin of baa

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative


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Related Words for baa

blather, fuss, gripe, cry, whine, bluster, blat, baa, maa

Examples from the Web for baa

Contemporary Examples of baa

Historical Examples of baa

  • At last the third day also passed, and the fisherman had not even said baa.

  • When he called "Nanny" it answered him instantly with a plaintive "Baa!"

    A Boy's Town

    W. D. Howells

  • So they treat you like a fool, and you put up with it and baa after them!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

  • But outwardly he was hopelessly tame; outwardly—baa, baa, baa.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • I would like to baa at him again, but I dare not with all these foreign folk.

    By What Authority?

    Robert Hugh Benson

British Dictionary definitions for baa


verb baas, baaing or baaed
  1. (intr) to make the cry of a sheep; bleat
  1. the cry made by sheep


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Word Origin and History for baa

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.

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