blate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blate disposed to avoid notice; (`blate' is a Scottish term for bashful) "they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it"
    • v blate cry plaintively "The lambs were bleating"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blate Pale; ghastly.
    • blate Dull; spiritless; stupid.
    • blate Blunt; curt.
    • blate Bashful; diffident.
    • blate Naked; bare.
    • blate To babble or prate about.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blate blāt bashful, timidly awkward.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot.; A.S. blát, pale.

Usage

In literature:

Where do you geep der zoup blates?
"McTeague" by Frank Norris
My certie, freend, ye are no blate!
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
But gin that wasna a quean, ye canna deny but she luikit unco like ane, and no a blate (bashful) ane eyther.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
He's 'no blate,' as they used to say in Scotland, and made himself quite at home to-night.
"Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
She's a blate lass wi' maist folk.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
For ane sae young ye ken the way, And far from blate, O Menie Hay!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV." by Various
Gin ye kent what was doing at hame, I fear you woud look blate.
"Ballads of Romance and Chivalry" by Frank Sidgwick
She came about Miss Mary in this house as before, no way blate, but it was 'Hands off!
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
For ane sae young ye ken the way, And far from blate, O Menie Hay!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
But at first, Duncan there, if he gets over his blateness, will be more of their age, and fear them less.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
But at no time was the genial little poet "blate," as he would himself have said.
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
True love is aye blate.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
He's a blate man, though a guid carl; an' he has, nae doot, thocht he was unwelcome when yer auld practice o' waitin for him was gien up.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 18" by Alexander Leighton
Gin it hadna been him I'd hae said it was a bairn, an' he was blate ower 't.
"Inchbracken" by Robert Cleland
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In poetry:

Hech Rab ye were na blate ava,
Ae time ye're mockin Kirk an' a',
An' then tae me ye gie' your jaw,
Or my abode,
An' tell how weel I laid my claw
On patient Job.
"Answer to Burn's Address To The De'il" by Nora Pembroke
Laird.
"Indeed, honest luckie, I think ye're no blate,
To bid loyal men gang ony sic gate;
For I'm gaun to fecht for true loyaltie,
Had the Prince ne'er anither, he still will hae me."
"Ye'll Mount, Gudeman" by Carolina Oliphant

In science:

We find 39% fairly normal O–mid B stars, 15% late B–late A stars and 32% F–G stars, with 13% of the stars being high gravity ob jects, composite, or otherwise peculiar.
A Spectroscopic Reconnaissance of UV-Bright Stars
From the perspective of spectral classification, we find 39% more or less normal O–mid B stars, 15% late B–late A stars and 32% F–G stars, with 13% of the stars being high gravity ob jects, composite, or otherwise peculiar.
A Spectroscopic Reconnaissance of UV-Bright Stars
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