bleat

[ bleet ]
/ blit /

verb (used without object)

to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.

verb (used with object)

to give forth with or as if with a bleat: He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
to babble; prate.

noun

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.

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Origin of bleat

before 1000; Middle English bleten, Old English blǣtan; cognate with Dutch blaten, Old High German blāzen; akin to Latin flēre to weep

OTHER WORDS FROM bleat

bleat·er, nounbleat·ing·ly, adverbout·bleat, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for bleat

bleat
/ (bliːt) /

verb

(intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
(intr) to speak with any similar sound
to whine; whimper

noun

the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
any sound similar to this
a weak complaint or whine

Derived forms of bleat

bleater, nounbleating, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bleat

Old English blǣtan; related to Old High German blāzen, Dutch blaten, Latin flēre to weep; see blare
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