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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
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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