verb \ˈblēt, Northern also ˈblat, Southern usually ˈblāt\

: to make the sound that a sheep or goat makes

: to speak or complain in an annoying way

Full Definition of BLEAT

intransitive verb
a :  to make the natural cry of a sheep or goat; also :  to utter a similar sound
b :  whimper
a :  to talk complainingly or with a whine
b :  blather
transitive verb
:  to utter in a bleating manner
bleat·er noun

Examples of BLEAT

  1. The lamb bleated as I approached.
  2. But why can't I go? she bleated.
  3. The labor union is always bleating about the management.

Origin of BLEAT

Middle English bleten, from Old English blǣtan; akin to Latin flēre to weep, Old English bellan to roar — more at bellow
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of BLEAT

:  the cry of a sheep or goat; also :  a similar sound <the bleat of a cell phone>
:  a feeble outcry, protest, or complaint

Examples of BLEAT

  1. <a very patient, understanding person who accepts life's inconveniences without a bleat>

First Known Use of BLEAT

circa 1505


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