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.
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
before 1000; Middle English bleten, Old English blǣtan; cognate with Dutch blaten, Old High German blāzen; akin to Latin flēre to weepRelated formsbleat·er, nounbleat·ing·ly, adverbout·bleat, verb (used with object)
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Related Words for bleatedsquawk
Examples from the Web for bleated
Historical Examples of bleated
"The both of 'em says they're goin' to do fer you," bleated Mr. Bardlock.
He bleated in distress and scrambled out of that hard and painful place.
They came to me separately: one bleated, another screamed, one howled.
Some of them bleated like lambs, and some of them turled like turtles.
"It's a cheap, plain trick," bleated the aged steamship manager.
British Dictionary definitions for bleated
(intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
(intr) to speak with any similar sound
to whine; whimper
Derived Formsbleater, nounbleating, noun, adjective
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 blǣtan; related to Old High German blāzen, Dutch blaten, Latin flēre to weep; see blare
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Word Origin and History for bleated
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.).
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