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to make the sound of a sheep; bleat.
the bleating cry of a sheep.
Historical Examples

No, baas, better dan shoot, we make him bed—den wait see um lie down.
The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid

“Keep your money and the portrait both, baas Cogez,” he said, simply.
Stories By English Authors: Germany Various

Some already had them in hand, but delayed opening fire, a word from baas Rynwald restraining them.
The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid

Nevertheless, they did it, for they desired to please baas Cogez.
Stories By English Authors: Germany Various

Many Boers yesterday, many Boers other day, many Boers come in morning with baas.
A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn

“Jack say baas Joe go die,” she cried, clapping her legs with her hands.
Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn

“The second heap of stones has done this, baas,” said Hans faintly, and this time I did not even look him.
Marie H. Rider Haggard

Yaas, baas Hendrik,” answered Swartboy; “what you want to know first?
The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid

baas, when shall we start after that hoard of dead ivory, and which way will you go?
The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard

It never opened, baas; moreover, since this talk began I have been to look at it.
The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard

a South African word for a boss: often used by Black or Coloured people addressing a White manager or overseer
verb baas, baaing, baaed
(intransitive) to make the cry of a sheep; bleat
the cry made by sheep
the main airports operator in the United Kingdom; until privatization in 1987, an abbreviation for British Airports Authority

imitative sound of a sheep, attested from 1580s, but probably older, as baa is recorded before this a name for a child’s toy sheep.
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