blaten

DutchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • bleten (dialectal)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch blaten, bleten, from Old Dutch *blāten, *blēten, from Old Frankish *blātjan (to bleat), from Proto-Germanic *blētijaną (to bleat). Cognate with Old High German blāzen (to bleat), Old English blǣtan (to bleat). More at bleat.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

blaten (past singular blaatte, past participle geblaat)

  1. (intransitive) To bleat, produce the typical baa sound of sheep
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To speak as pointlessly as if it were gibberish
    Je kan blaten wat je wil, jongentje, met zo'n slechte punten ga je over mijn knie!
    You may talk all you want, boy, such bad grades land you over my knee!

SynonymsEdit

  • blaren, blèren (wider)
  • mekkeren

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Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 02:32