bleat

verb
\ˈblēt, Northern also ˈblat, Southern usually ˈblāt\
bleated; bleating; bleats

Definition of bleat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make the natural cry of a sheep or goat also : to utter a similar sound

b : whimper

2a : to talk complainingly or with a whine

b : blather

transitive verb

: to utter in a bleating manner

bleat

noun

Definition of bleat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the cry of a sheep or goat also : a similar sound the bleat of a cell phone

2 : a feeble outcry, protest, or complaint

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Other Words from bleat

Verb

bleater noun

Examples of bleat in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

a very patient, understanding person who accepts life's inconveniences without a bleat
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As a result of his top quality performance against the Reds over the weekend, many fans have taken to bleating out that Young 'pocketed' Salah, with the 32-year-old defender even getting in on the act himself. SI.com, "Ashley Young Mocks Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah on Instagram Following Win at Old Trafford," 13 Mar. 2018 At first, some colleagues seem startled to hear her signature song’s bleating horns. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Where have all the musical ringtones gone?," 24 May 2018 Woods expanded into fields full of sheep that bleated in pitches high and low—short like hiccups, long like pleas. Anya Yurchyshyn, refinery29.com, "For This Author, Mother's Day Is An Occasion For Reckoning," 11 May 2018 The Trump administration is full of cheerful kleptocrats like Mulvaney, all of whom share a remarkable ability to bleat about swamp-draining in public while using their newfound positions of power to enrich themselves or people like them in private. Jay Willis, GQ, "Trump Officials Are Now Openly Bragging About How Corrupt They Are," 25 Apr. 2018 There have been at least 14 emergency alerts sent to cellphones over the past week, and those around the Olympic Park here received eight separate, bleating alerts on Wednesday alone. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "This Is Not a Drill: Another ‘Emergency’ Alert Is On Its Way," 14 Feb. 2018 There have been at least 14 emergency alerts sent to cellphones over the past week, and those around the Olympic Park here received eight separate, bleating alerts on Wednesday alone. Author: Andrew Keh, Anchorage Daily News, "This is not a drill: Emergency cellphone alerts at the Winter Games become annoying," 14 Feb. 2018 Thus the bleating about how Republican worries over FISA abuse are just a smokescreen for discrediting Mueller’s investigation. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "‘Delegitimizing’ Mueller? Don’t Blame the Nunes Memo," 7 Feb. 2018 Speech ultimately seemed no more consequential than bleating or barking. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "In 'Doggie Hamlet,' a cast of canines, sheep and, yes, humans — ay, there's the rub," 5 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For every gunshot fired and a horn’s violent bleat, there is hope in the eyes of the last of the Last Poets. Philly.com, "Album reviews: The Last Poets, Snail Mail, Joshua Hedley," 14 June 2018 Hip-hop has been moving in this direction for the last few years, from Future’s purple opiate haze to Travis Scott’s head-in-the clouds bleats — styles that lend themselves easily to ambient bliss. New York Times, "Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, Hip-Hop Impressionists Shaping the Stream," 9 May 2018 In an unseen orchestra that bleats and blares, an urgent trombone chorus heralds every leap into banality. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Tomb Raider’ Review: Buried by Absurdity," 15 Mar. 2018 Not a sound from anywhere, save the occasional bleat from one of the Hansens' sheep. Boris Fishman, Smithsonian, "This Lake Is One of Montana’s Best Kept Secrets," 16 Aug. 2017 He's been front-page for months, every bleat, blurt, yelp, and belch. Author: Garrison Keillor, Alaska Dispatch News, "Taking stock in the ordinary goodness of life," 6 Aug. 2017 And thanks to the generosity of some village residents, the sounds of those warning bleats from the trains that pass through will stop. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Rail at a crossroad: Glendale's quiet zone is on track," 29 Aug. 2017 Not a sound from anywhere, save the occasional bleat from one of the Hansens' sheep. Boris Fishman, Smithsonian, "This Lake Is One of Montana’s Best Kept Secrets," 16 Aug. 2017 Then no tax cuts either: Fans of 'goat yoga' move to a different bleat: Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Progressives revive attacks on Wall Street in health care's wake," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of bleat

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bleat

Verb

Middle English bleten, from Old English blǣtan; akin to Latin flēre to weep, Old English bellan to roar — more at bellow

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Dictionary Entries near bleat

blear-witted

bleary

bleary-eyed

bleat

bleatingly

bleaty

bleaunt

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More Definitions for bleat

bleat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bleat

: to make the sound that a sheep or goat makes

: to speak or complain in an annoying way

bleat

verb
\ˈblēt \
bleated; bleating

Kids Definition of bleat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf

bleat

noun

Kids Definition of bleat (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sound made by a sheep, goat, or calf

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