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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bleten, from Old English blǣtan (to bleat), from Proto-Germanic *blētijaną (to bleat). Cognate with Scots blete, bleit, Saterland Frisian blēte, blētsje, Dutch blaten, bleiten, Low German bleten, German blaßen, blässen.

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NounEdit

bleat (plural bleats)

  1. The characteristic cry of a sheep or a goat.

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VerbEdit

bleat (third-person singular simple present bleats, present participle bleating, simple past and past participle bleated)

  1. Of a sheep or goat, to make its characteristic cry.
  2. (informal, derogatory) Of a person, to complain.
    The last thing we need is to hear them bleating to us about organizational problems.

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Old EnglishEdit

West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian blāt, from Proto-Germanic *blautaz.

AdjectiveEdit

bleat

  1. bare, naked
  2. poor

InflectionEdit

Inflection of bleat
uninflected bleat
inflected bleate
comparative bleater
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial bleat bleater it bleatst
it bleatste
indefinite c. sing. bleate bleatere bleatste
n. sing. bleat bleater bleatste
plural bleate bleatere bleatste
definite bleate bleatere bleatste
partitive bleats bleaters

Further readingEdit

  • bleat (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011