[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.


Origin of blat

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

Examples from the Web for blatting

Historical Examples of blatting

  • So it came snorting and blatting to the other side and climbed up the bank.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan

  • When she again killed the blatting motor, she let it stay dead.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Swept up in a bunch of blatting bull calves like that, and me the size I am?

    Stepsons of Light

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • The Major was with him every step of the way, blatting about his friend Fitzpatrick.


    Charles Emmett Van Loan

  • He dragged the first one to the spot where the calf was blatting so pitifully.

British Dictionary definitions for blatting


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blatting



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper