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[ba, bah]
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verb (used without object), baaed, baa·ing.
  1. to make the sound of a sheep; bleat.
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  1. the bleating cry of a sheep.
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Origin of baa

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative


  1. Bachelor of Applied Arts.
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  • 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
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  1. the cry made by sheep
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  1. the main airports operator in the United Kingdom; until privatization in 1987, an abbreviation for British Airports Authority
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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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