To cry baa or bleat as a sheep
- The cry or bleating of a sheep a bleat
- the cry made by sheep
- cry plaintively
- To cry baa, or bleat as a sheep.
- The cry or bleating of a sheep; a bleat.
imitative noise of a sheep, attested from 1580s, but most likely older, as baa is recorded before this a name for a child's toy sheep. Compare Latin bee "sound produced by a sheep" (Varro), balare "to bleat;" Greek blekhe "a bleating;" Catalan be "a sheep."
(v. i.) To cry baa, or bleat as a sheep.
- (n.) The weep or bleating of a sheep; a bleat.