blate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Scots blate (timid, sheepish), apparently a conflation of Northern Middle English *blate, *blait (pale, ghastly, terrified), from Old English blāt (pale, livid, ghastly), from Proto-Germanic *blaitaz (pale, discoloured), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlAid- (pale, pallid) and Middle English bleth, bleath (timid, soft), from Old English blēaþ (gentle, shy, cowardly, timid; slothful, inactive, effeminate), from Proto-Germanic *blauþaz (weak, timid, void, naked). Cognate with German blassen (to make pale), bleich (pale, pallid). More at bleak, bleach.

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Adjective[edit]

blate (comparative blater, superlative blatest)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Bashful, sheepish.
    • 1934, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Grey Granite, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 491:
      You'd say Not them; fine legs, and Ma struggling into her blouse would say You're no blate. Who told you they're fine?
  2. (Scotland, Northern England) Dull, stupid.

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Verb[edit]

blate

  1. singular present subjunctive of blaten

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps from Old English blāt (pale).

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Adjective[edit]

blate (comparative blater, superlative blatest)

  1. shy, modest, timid, sheepish
  2. stupid, easily deceived, dull, unpromising