- to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
- to give forth with or as if with a bleat: He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
- to babble; prate.
- the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.
- any similar sound: the bleat of distant horns.
- foolish, complaining talk; babble: I listened to their inane bleat all evening.
Origin of bleat
Examples from the Web for bleat
Historical Examples of bleat
"I hate all this bleat about the Middle Ages," Gilbert exclaimed.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
And as I enter the little village, I am greeted by the bleat of sheep and the low of the kine.The Book of Khalid
I heard the bleat of a lamb or kid, and it pierced the melancholy roar of the sea.Tales of Fishes
But though on that evening a basso did bleat, it may be that he was not bubonic.The Paliser case
More like the bleat of an innocent calf,” said Roberts—“eh, Bracy?Fix Bay'nets
George Manville Fenn
- (intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
- (intr) to speak with any similar sound
- to whine; whimper
- the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
- any sound similar to this
- a weak complaint or whine
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.).