adjective Chiefly Scot.

bashful; shy.

Origin of blate

before 1000; Old English blāt livid, pallid, (of a sound) low (not found in ME)
Related formsblate·ly, adverbblate·ness, noun


[bleyt]Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

verb (used without object), blat·ed, blat·ing.


Origin of blate

1855–60; perhaps dialectal variant of bleat (cf. great) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blate

Historical Examples of blate

  • But at no time was the genial little poet "blate," as he would himself have said.

    Royal Edinburgh

    Margaret Oliphant

  • But gin that wasna a quean, ye canna deny but she luikit unco like ane, and no a blate (bashful) ane eyther.'

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Grant was by no means "blate" in availing himself of the hint, but the Shaws were tough fighters.

  • "Faith, and you are not blate," said she whimsically, but indifferent to remove herself from a grasp so innocent.

  • We're no blate at askin' the lawin', although some folk are unco' slow at payin' o't. It's just four-and-six.

    Scotch Wit and Humor

    W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe