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Pronounced “bleet,” it’s a noun and (transitive and intransitive) verb that rhymes with “skeet” and “feet” and “teat.” Definitions as follows:
1. The characteristic cry of a goat or sheep; a similar sound.
2. A whining, feeble complaint; a protest.
3. To utter the characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
4. To utter a sound similar to this cry, especially a whine, to talk complainingly, to blather.
5. To utter in a whining way.
I enjoy this word because its applications are endless and I think it’s practically onomatopoeia.
To illustrate, I’d like to call upon the assistance of my friend new friend, Bob:
Young Bob often felt defeated,
And when he was, he bleated.
As a child, he wept when his locks
got into a bit of a tangle,
and he cried some more when his diaper,
hung at a less-than-convenient angle.
He wailed at the age of eight
when his bangs would not hang straight.
And he’d blather on as a teen
at any upset in his routine.
In the middle of mass one Sunday,
Bob let out a blood-curdling wail,
causing a tremendous commotion,
all because of a small hangnail.
At thirty, he whimpered a week
when his best friend called him a freak.
Bob seemed to whine all the more with age.
So all were shocked when he was engaged.
He let out a passionate bleat
Then stared at his feet, avoiding her eye,
As his wife proclaimed on their wedding day,
she’d always wanted a sensitive guy.