- The definition of a bleat is the sound made by a sheep or goat.
An example of a bleat is the sound a sheep makes when it is nervous.
- To bleat is to make the sound of a sheep or goat, or to whine or complain.
- An example of to bleat is for a sheep to make a typical sheep sound.
- An example of to bleat is to whine about a boss who gives difficult assignments.
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- to make its characteristic cry: said of a sheep, goat, or calf
- to make a sound like this cry
- to speak foolishly, whiningly, or querulously
Origin: Middle English bleten ; from Old English blætan: see blear
- the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf
- any sound or utterance like this
- bleater noun
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- a. The characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.b. A sound similar to this cry.
- A whining, feeble complaint.
- To utter the characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
- To utter a sound similar to this cry, especially a whine.
Origin: Middle English blet, from bleten, to bleat, from Old English blǣtan.
- bleatˈer noun