bleat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bleat cry plaintively "The lambs were bleating"
    • v bleat talk whiningly
    • n bleat the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bleat A plaintive cry of, or like that of, a sheep. "The bleat of fleecy sheep."
    • v. i Bleat To make the noise of, or one like that of, a sheep; to cry like a sheep or calf. "Then suddenly was heard along the main,
      To low the ox, to bleat the woolly train."
      "The ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baas, will never answer a calf when he bleats ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bleat To cry as a sheep, goat, or calf; also, as a snipe.
    • n bleat The cry of a sheep, goat, or calf; also, of a snipe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Bleat blēt to cry as a sheep
    • n Bleat the cry of a sheep, any similar cry, even of the human voice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bleten, AS. bltan,; akin to D. blaten, bleeten, OHG. blāzan, plāzan,; prob. of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

While lambies are list'ning and bleating for thee?
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV." by Various
The discordant bleat of a foghorn came again, apparently right ahead.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
But I heard the mother bleat, and I knew, by the sound, that she was in distress.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
The sheep aloft upon the down sometimes mingled their bleatings with the other sounds.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
We no longer regard sheep, for instance, as the fleecy or the bleating flock.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
Below, in the barn cellar, sheep were bleating, and a shoat was adding its raucous voice to the uproar.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
The landlord of the Lamb bleats loudly for his fleece.
"The English Spy" by Bernard Blackmantle
And cows and sheep come to the well-known voice, and assemble at the Saeter-hut, lowing and bleating joyfully.
"Strife and Peace" by Fredrika Bremer
But as soon as the first feeble bleating of the lamb fell upon her ear, everything was changed.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They could hear Mr. Bobbsey walking around outside, and they heard him speaking to the goat who bleated again.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
Round the pen, bleating and panting it ran.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The violets have come forth, and in the fields around she hears the bleating of the young lambs.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
The goat sprang to one side bleating with fear.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
They distinguished, however, at the farther end, a bleating, whining, restless group.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
Peters to totter off to the Rupert Street range making low, bleating noises.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Happy bleated in fright and distress, trying ineffectually to ward off his attacker.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
The Thistlefinch, being enraged to find himself stopped in his charming ramble, bleated furiously.
"Heidi" by Johanna Spyri
From the valley below came up the bleating of goats and the flute-like notes of the blackbird.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
The lambs would mistake the cry of the cow seal for the bleating of their mothers.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
She bleated softly; the hemlock curtain was thrust aside, and the little ones came out.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
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In poetry:

He searches all night.
He hears a bleat.
He climbs down the cliff to save the lamb.
Each one is important to him.
"The Sheperd Hunts a Lost Lamb" by Doris Clore Demaree
The mist lies on Glen Aymer hill,
Listless as if asleep,
Below the silence quivers still
With bleatings of the sheep.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
But now instead of psalm on high
Thou hast the curlew shrill,
The bleating of the sheep that lie
Along Glen Aylmer Hill.
"The Churchyard Tree" by Alexander Anderson
There is no cockcrow in the dark,
No bleat from a far fold,
When the Forest Folk begin to stir
Under the starlight cold.
"The Enchanted Forest" by Cicely Fox Smith
ELTRADA o'er the distant mead
Would haste at closing day,
And to the bleating mother lead
The lamb that chanc'd to stray.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
I SIT beside the brazier's glow,
And, drowsing in the heat,
A dream of daffodils that blow
And lambs that frisk and bleat--
"Before Action" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

In news:

Vancouver Whitecaps suspend Long Tan over Tweet bleat .
Bleat Provides Interesting Encounter.
Heat bleat deer call, and used it today while hunting.
To the Beat of the Bleat , Ranchers Aim to Satisfy the Demand for Goat.
Bleating Heart Haven plans homespun holiday kick-off.
Dissing polls is just so much bleating .
Dissing polls is just so much bleating.
A squealing, bleating New Deal being ground out, processed and cooked up Worldwide.
If you have read some of my opinionations over these past few years, you've seen me bleat occasionally on how home furnishings companies need to put more effort into the creation and support of brands.
It's always a little disconcerting the first time one hears a car parked at the Tolkuchka bazaar bleating.
So the tea party-linked Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama began bleating about poll bias six weeks before Election Day, just about the time the first early voters were casting ballots.
So the Tea Party-linked Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama began bleating about poll bias six weeks before Election Day, just about the time the first early voters were casting ballots.
Quinn said the buck responded to some soft bleats and grunts and came into bow range.
INTERVIEWS Christopher Owens Brings Bleating Saxophone to 'New York City'.
For all of the bleating and hand-wringing by our local elected officials, they have no one to blame but themselves.
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