AskDefine | Define blate

Dictionary Definition

blate adj : disposed to avoid notice; "they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it"; (`blate' is a Scottish term for bashful) [syn: bashful] v : cry plaintively; "The lambs were bleating" [syn: bleat, blat, baa]

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English

Etymology

Scots blate, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

/bleɪt/

Adjective

  1. Bashful, sheepish.
  2. Dull, stupid.

Scots

Etymology

Origin uncertain; perhaps from Old English blāt ‘pale’.

Pronunciation

/blet/

Adjective

  1. shy, modest, timid
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