Adjective "bleating" definition and examples

(Bleating may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bliːt/

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Definitions and examples

verb

(of a sheep, goat, or calf) make a characteristic weak, wavering cry.
  1. 'the plaintive bleating of sheep'
  2. 'Flies buzzed, cockerels crowed, goats bleated and a chorus of dogs was howling furiously.'
  3. 'On tour, this dependency was even more intensified; we used to joke in the airports, pretending we were sheep, bleating as we waited for someone to tell us where to go.'
  4. 'The brain centres under observation would activate and the sheep would bleat in a particular way when they saw pictures of members of their own flock and in a similar way when they saw a shepherd they knew well.'
  5. 'Goats bleated occasionally, chickens clucked and honks from geese could be heard sometimes.'
  6. 'We camped overnight but with the dawn chorus and the sheep bleating, it was hard to sleep!'
  7. 'He nodded his head, and the ram bleated out a cry before storming off towards Diana.'
  8. 'We pass endless farmyards where cows doze under banyan trees in the morning light and goats bleat hysterically at the sight of her.'
  9. 'The goat bleats piteously - it knows this is not a good day.'
  10. 'They watched as the goat struggled to its feet and limped away, bleating in protest at this unexpected treatment.'
  11. 'The sheep bleated at such unkindness, and their resistance strengthened her resolve to continue.'
  12. 'And now they come to this chamber, bleating, awash with crocodile tears and pretending to be the custodians of free speech - pretending to be the custodians of this institution.'
  13. 'So, day one, class one, we fire up the software and a dismayed voice instantly bleats from the back of the room, ‘But this isn't like the old system!’'
  14. 'Prepare for 2018, he bleats - only 13 years from today!'
  15. 'If any proof were needed, then the fact that the Human Rights brigade are bleating and complaining about it must show it is a good thing.'
  16. 'Type that address into your Web browser, though, and a message bleats, ‘Site Terminated for Failure to Pay Bills.’'
  17. '‘Everything about him was right,’ she bleats, apparently failing to notice that he had a fake plastic face.'
  18. 'A Greens apparatchik phones the station and bleats to the producer.'
  19. '‘This Irish son has moved with the times,’ he bleats meaningfully.'
  20. 'Alexis de Tocqueville would marvel at what bleating sheep we have become.'
  21. 'They would be bleating and complaining that this Government was not involved in the Solomon Islands.'
  22. 'These people are sometimes seen dashing from the bus stop, with their Gucci yoga mats nestled under their arms, bleating, ‘Ohmygod if I'm late to class Swami will so kill me!’'
  23. 'Why, I remember when my own won the pig competition in the county fair, it made my heart bleat with pride and joy.'
  24. 'She thinks I spend all these hours on the computer looking at pornography or some other harmless pursuit; if she knew I was bleating on about life, the universe and everything she would get worried.'
  25. 'Internet piracy is ‘cyber-theft on a huge scale, and it's a very big obstacle to the music industry's own advances to develop legitimate ways for consumers to enjoy music on-line,’ the group bleats.'
  26. 'He should tell the unions to stop bleating about foreign workers - even if they dress their warnings with expressions of concern - and worry instead about how they can deliver greater productivity from their members.'

noun

The weak, wavering cry made by a sheep, goat, or calf.
  1. 'He ignored the sheep's little bleats of protest and only focused on which sheep his arrow hit.'
  2. 'Other utilized techniques were scent stations using cougar urine, catnip, or other scents, and recorded sounds such as cougar screams, predator calls, and deer bleats.'
  3. 'The lands beyond are filled with a chorus of bleats and croaks and barks.'
  4. 'The excited squeals of hungry piglets and the bleats of insistent lambs seem better designed for pestering reluctant mothers than for conveying a simple message of need.'
  5. 'Their typical call is a mingled bray and bleat, followed by a snorted inhale sounding like an oak dining table being dragged across a hardwood floor.'
  6. 'To lure them from the dense woody thickets scattered through the arid open savannas, he used the ultimate bait: the ‘plaintive bleat of a wounded baby buffalo.’'
  7. 'On delicate feet they tripped from the road, the young ones uttering their plaintive bleats.'
  8. 'From the kitchen comes the less violent bleating of the baby lambs, and in the distance the occasional deeper bleat of a sheep or low of a cow.'
  9. 'The cloning of human beings has seemed inevitable since Dolly took her first bleat, and we should be relieved that it was done by scientists in a laboratory, not by wild-eyed members of some cult.'
  10. 'Manifestation of my words came fourteen years after I'd spoken there but at the time it was only an honest bleat of frustration with a system that was reprehensible.'
  11. 'First Joey, his voice a mutant-goat bleat, succumbed to lymphoma in 2001.'
  12. 'There was a sudden sheep-like silence broken only by a bleat - we had been stumped, outwitted and outclassed by an obese, middle-aged rube.'
  13. 'they're hoping that I'll bow to their idiotic arrangements without a bleat'
  14. 'I can't tell if these bleats about Rod Serling or the Palestinians are diluting your humor work, because I can't claim to know it well enough, but I certainly have my suspicions.'
  15. 'The latest bleat seems to be: those Democrats, that Jesse Jackson, they have unclean hands and double standards.'
  16. 'Already I can hear the bleat of anxious readers: the word ‘independence’, and the concept it embodies, is problematic.'
  17. 'Their MPs voted for the anti-democratic state of emergency without a bleat of protest.'
  18. 'The great philanthropist, in other words, is financed by mere mortals who stupidly bear their taxes without so much as a plaintive bleat.'
  19. 'Contrary to Dembski's bleats, the evidence that complex biological systems are the product of evolution is sufficient to convince just about every scientist who has ever considered the matter.'
  20. 'The only bleat was City's failure to turn such superiority into goals.'
  21. 'Incidentally, I don't know why whingeing has to start with a bleat.'
  22. 'Again the answer drifted down, this time in a long-drawn-out bleat of protest: ‘Nooooo!’'
  23. 'The chiefs of the association are unlikely to pay much heed to a rural bleat, even if the problem is almost nation-wide.'

More definitions

1. to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry. verb (used with object)

2. to give forth with or as if with a bleat: He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.

3. to babble; prate. noun

4. the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.

5. any similar sound: the bleat of distant horns.

6. foolish, complaining talk; babble: I listened to their inane bleat all evening.

More examples(as adjective)

"liberals can be bleating."

Origin

(bleat)Old English blǣtan, of imitative origin.