Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BA(A), v.2 and n.2 Used as in St.Eng. in the sense of bellow, bleat, v. and n.; also as a v. in the following senses in Sc. [Phon. as above.]

1. v. Of human beings.

(1) To speak in a bellowing or bleating tone, like a sheep, cow or other animal. Gen.Sc. Abd. 1881  W. Paul Past and Pres. of Aberdeenshire 30:
To haud me baain' and baain' here till there's scarcely a breath in my body.
Abd.(D) 1905  W. Watson Glimpses o' Auld Lang Syne 242:
He began't [a prayer] wi' “Houly, houly, houly,” an' baa't a grait lang Amen.

(2) To mock at, to howl at. Ayr. 1928  Ayrshire Rhyme (per
4):
For like the bill amang the kye They baa at us as we gang by.

2. n. An indistinct sound — of human beings. Sc. 1858  E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. (22nd ed.) iv.:
They neither said ba nor bum.

[Imitative sound. Cf. Fr. ; Gr. βη.]

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