verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of bleat
Examples from the Web for bleat
But the surgeons were wont to declare that the men began to bleat at the very sight of the chaplain.The Lost Guidon|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Unfortunately the poor animal was heard to bleat by some of the soldiers who happened to be near.The Vaudois of Piedmont|John Napper Worsfold
But the Goat commenced to browse quietly and refused to bleat.The Sa'-Zada Tales|William Alexander Fraser
A jumble of packing-cases with something twisted in a corner to signify a bleat.Adrienne Toner|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The sheep began to bleat and the cattle to bellow in an odd and excited way.Gods and Heroes|R. E. Francillon
Word Origin for bleat
Old English blætan, from West Germanic *bhle- (cf. Dutch blaten "to bleat"), of imitative origin (cf. Greek blekhe "a bleating; the wailing of children," Old Church Slavonic blejat "to bleat," Latin flere "to weep"). Related: Bleated; bleating.
c.1500, from bleat (v.).