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Meaning of BLEAT

Pronunciation:  bleet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
  2. [v]  cry plaintively; "The lambs were bleating"
  3. [v]  talk whiningly

BLEAT is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: baa, blat, blate
 See Also: complain, cry, emit, kick, kvetch, let loose, let out, plain, quetch, sound off, utter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bleat\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bleated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Bleating}.] [OE. bleten, AS. bl?tan; akin to D. blaten,
    bleeten, OHG. bl[=a]zan, pl[=a]zan; prob. of imitative
    To make the noise of, or one like that of, a sheep; to cry
    like a sheep or calf.
          Then suddenly was heard along the main, To low the ox,
          to bleat the woolly train.               --Pope
          The ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baas, will
          never answer a calf when he bleats.      --Shak.
  2. \Bleat\, n.
    A plaintive cry of, or like that of, a sheep.
          The bleat of fleecy sheep.               --Chapman's
Thesaurus Terms
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