[blat]Chiefly Northeastern U.S. and Great Lakes.

verb (used without object), blat·ted, blat·ting.

to make a loud or raucous noise.

verb (used with object), blat·ted, blat·ting.

to utter loudly and indiscreetly; blurt.


Nearby words

  1. blastospore,
  2. blastostyle,
  3. blastula,
  4. blastulation,
  5. blasé,
  6. blatant,
  7. blatantly,
  8. blate,
  9. blately,
  10. blather

Origin of blat

1840–50; perhaps expressive variant of bleat; cf. blate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blat


verb blats, blatting or blatted US and Canadian

(intr) to cry out or bleat like a sheep
(tr) to utter indiscreetly in a loud voice

Word Origin for blat

C19: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for blat



1846, U.S. colloquial, imitative. Related: Blatted; blatting. As a noun from 1904.

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