Bleat



to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
to give forth with or as if with a bleat:
He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
to babble; prate.
the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.
any similar sound:
the bleat of distant horns.
foolish, complaining talk; babble:
I listened to their inane bleat all evening.
Historical Examples

The Book of Fables and Folk Stories Horace E. Scudder
Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
The Wee Scotch Piper Madeline Brandeis
Fix Bay’nets George Manville Fenn
The Wreckers Francis Lynde
The Sleeping Beauty C. S. Evans
Punch, or the London Charivari, May 27, 1914 Various
The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau

verb
(intransitive) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
(intransitive) to speak with any similar sound
to whine; whimper
noun
the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
any sound similar to this
a weak complaint or whine
v.
n.

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