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bleat

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

Definition of bleat

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make the natural cry of a sheep or goat; also :  to utter a similar soundb :  whimper

  3. 2a :  to talk complainingly or with a whineb :  blather

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter in a bleating manner

bleater

noun

Examples of bleat in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of bleat

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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bleat

noun

Definition of bleat

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

  2. 2 :  a feeble outcry, protest, or complaint

Examples of bleat in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of bleat

1508


BLEAT Defined for English Language Learners

bleat

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verb

Definition of bleat for English Language Learners

  • : to make the sound that a sheep or goat makes

  • : to speak or complain in an annoying way


BLEAT Defined for Kids

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bleat

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verb \ˈblēt\

Definition of bleat for Students

bleated

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bleating

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


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bleat

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noun

Definition of bleat for Students

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



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