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 *bʰleh₁- ‎(to howl, cry, bleat). Cognate with Scots blete, bleit ‎(to bleat), Saterland Frisian blēte, blētsje ‎(to bleat), Dutch blaten, bleiten ‎(to bleat), Low German bleten ‎(to bleat), German blaßen, blässen ‎(to bleat); compare Ancient Greek βληχή ‎(blēkhḗ), Old Church Slavonic блєꙗти ‎(blejati), 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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