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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.
Contemporary Examples

PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads P. J. O’Rourke March 13, 2014

Historical Examples

By Desert Ways to Baghdad Louisa Jebb
A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin Francis Harper
Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
Kenny Leona Dalrymple
Modern Icelandic Plays Jhann Sigurjnsson
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Masterman Ready Captain Frederick Marryat
Pharais and The Mountain Lovers Fiona Macleod

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


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