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bleat

 (blēt)
n.
1.
a. The characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
b. A sound similar to this cry.
2. A whining, feeble complaint.
v. bleat·ed, bleat·ing, bleats
v.intr.
1. To utter the characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
2. To utter a sound similar to this cry, especially a whine.
v.tr.
To utter in a whining way.

[Middle English blet, from bleten, to bleat, from Old English blǣtan.]

bleat′er n.

bleat

(bliːt)
vb
1. (intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
2. (intr) to speak with any similar sound
3. to whine; whimper
n
4. the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
5. any sound similar to this
6. a weak complaint or whine
[Old English blǣtan; related to Old High German blāzen, Dutch blaten, Latin flēre to weep; see blare]
ˈbleater n
ˈbleating n, adj

bleat

(blit)
v.i.
1. to utter the cry of a sheep or goat, or a sound resembling such a cry.
2. to talk in a whining, complaining tone.
3. to babble; prate.
v.t.
4. to utter with or as if with a bleat.
n.
5. the cry of a sheep or goat.
6. any similar sound: the bleat of distant horns.
7. foolish or complaining talk; babble.
[before 1000; Middle English bleten, Old English blǣtan]
bleat′er, n.
bleat′ing•ly, adv.

bleat


Past participle: bleated
Gerund: bleating

Imperative
bleat
bleat
Present
I bleat
you bleat
he/she/it bleats
we bleat
you bleat
they bleat
Preterite
I bleated
you bleated
he/she/it bleated
we bleated
you bleated
they bleated
Present Continuous
I am bleating
you are bleating
he/she/it is bleating
we are bleating
you are bleating
they are bleating
Present Perfect
I have bleated
you have bleated
he/she/it has bleated
we have bleated
you have bleated
they have bleated
Past Continuous
I was bleating
you were bleating
he/she/it was bleating
we were bleating
you were bleating
they were bleating
Past Perfect
I had bleated
you had bleated
he/she/it had bleated
we had bleated
you had bleated
they had bleated
Future
I will bleat
you will bleat
he/she/it will bleat
we will bleat
you will bleat
they will bleat
Future Perfect
I will have bleated
you will have bleated
he/she/it will have bleated
we will have bleated
you will have bleated
they will have bleated
Future Continuous
I will be bleating
you will be bleating
he/she/it will be bleating
we will be bleating
you will be bleating
they will be bleating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bleating
you have been bleating
he/she/it has been bleating
we have been bleating
you have been bleating
they have been bleating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bleating
you will have been bleating
he/she/it will have been bleating
we will have been bleating
you will have been bleating
they will have been bleating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bleating
you had been bleating
he/she/it had been bleating
we had been bleating
you had been bleating
they had been bleating
Conditional
I would bleat
you would bleat
he/she/it would bleat
we would bleat
you would bleat
they would bleat
Past Conditional
I would have bleated
you would have bleated
he/she/it would have bleated
we would have bleated
you would have bleated
they would have bleated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bleat - the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
cry - the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"
Verb1.bleat - talk whininglybleat - talk whiningly      
kvetch, plain, quetch, complain, sound off, kick - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
2.bleat - cry plaintivelybleat - cry plaintively; "The lambs were bleating"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

bleat

verb
1. baa, call, cry, maa a small flock of bleating ewes and lambs
2. complain, carp, fuss, moan, bitch (slang), groan, grieve, lament, grumble, whine, growl, grouse, gripe (informal), beef (slang), bemoan, whinge (informal), find fault, put the boot in (slang), bewail, kick up a fuss (informal), grouch (informal), bellyache (slang), kvetch (U.S. slang) They are always bleating about 'unfair' foreign competition.
Translations
bečetmečet
bræge
béget
jarma
mekenti
blēt
bečaťmečať
melemek

bleat

[bliːt]
A. N
1. [of sheep, goat] → balido m
2. (= complaint) → queja f
B. VI
1. [sheep, goat] → balar
2. (= complain) → quejarse (about de) → gimotear

bleat

[ˈbliːt]
n
(= sound) [goat, sheep] → bêlement m; [person] → chevrotement m
(= complaint) → plainte f
vi
(= make noise) [goat, sheep] → bêler; [person] → chevroter
(= complain) to bleat about sth → se plaindre de qch
(= talk foolishly) → débiter des idioties

bleat

vi
(sheep, calf)blöken; (goat)meckern
(fig inf: = complain, moan) → meckern (inf)
n
(of sheep, calf)Blöken nt, → Geblök nt; (of goat)Meckern nt
(inf, = moan) → Meckern nt (inf), → Gemecker nt (inf)

bleat

[bliːt]
1. nbelato
2. vibelare (fig) (fam) → piagnucolare

bleat

(bliːt) verb
to make the noise of a sheep, lamb or goat. The lamb bleated for its mother.
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