One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]North American
1Make a bleating sound.‘horsemen on ugly steeds, grunting and blatting and howling’
baa, maa, cry, callView synonyms
- ‘It's some bureaucrat blatting off the top of his head.’
- ‘But when the pair of sheep were driven off, blatting indignantly, we found ourselves in possession of a handsome but completely surplus male Labrador.’
- ‘But do remember, after you are done honking and blatting in cyberspace, that nothing you say will make any difference.’
- ‘A half-dozen scrawny sheep blatted at the travelers’ approach.’
2 Travel quickly.‘blatting down the motorway’
- ‘Battered cars would do their best to tear up the tarmac some more as they blatted past, mufflers long-gone.’
- ‘If I was after a new bike for blatting around town, I'd buy one of these straight off the mark.’
A bleat or similar noise.‘the blat of Jack's horn’
- ‘Today the bleeps, bloops, and blats just sound quaint.’
- ‘The bishop attempts to deflect attention away from the source of the problem with irresponsible and alarmist honks and blats.’
Mid 19th century: imitative.
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