from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
- n. A sound similar to this cry.
- n. A whining, feeble complaint.
- intransitive v. To utter the characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
- intransitive v. To utter a sound similar to this cry, especially a whine.
- transitive v. To utter in a whining way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The characteristic cry of a sheep or a goat.
- v. Of a sheep or goat, to make its characteristic cry.
- v. Of a person, to complain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make the noise of, or one like that of, a sheep; to cry like a sheep or calf.
- n. A plaintive cry of, or like that of, a sheep.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cry as a sheep, goat, or calf; also, as a snipe.
- n. The cry of a sheep, goat, or calf; also, of a snipe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
- v. cry plaintively
- v. talk whiningly
Middle English blet, from bleten, to bleat, from Old English blǣtan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bleten, from Old English blǣtan ("to bleat"), from Proto-Germanic *blētijanan (“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"); cf. Greek blekhe, Old Church Slavonic blejat, and also Latin fleō ("cry, weep"). (Wiktionary)