bleat

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From Middle English bleten, from Old English blǣtan (to bleat), from Proto-Germanic *blētijaną (to bleat), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlē- (to howl, cry, bleat). Cognate with Scots blete, bleit (to bleat), Saterland Frisian blēte, blētsje (to bleat), Dutch blaten, bleten (to bleat), Low German bleten (to bleat), German blaßen, blässen (to bleat); compare Greek blekhe, Old Church Slavonic blejat, and also Latin fleō (cry, weep).

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bleat (plural bleats)

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

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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) 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 English[edit]

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Proto-Germanic *blautaz, whence also Old High German blōz (naked), Old Norse blautr. More at blouse.

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blēat

  1. wretched

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