food, or some substitute, used as a lure in fishing, trapping, etc.
a poisoned lure used in exterminating pests.
an allurement; enticement:
Employees were lured with the bait of annual bonuses.
an object for pulling molten or liquefied material, as glass, from a vat or the like by adhesion.
South Midland and Southern U.S.
a large or sufficient quantity or amount:
He fetched a good bait of wood.
an excessive quantity or amount.
British Slang. food.
to prepare (a hook or trap) with bait.
to entice by deception or trickery so as to entrap or destroy:
using fake signal lights to bait the ships onto the rocks.
to attract, tempt, or captivate.
to set dogs upon (an animal) for sport.
to worry, torment, or persecute, especially with malicious remarks:
a nasty habit of baiting defenseless subordinates.
They love to bait him about his gaudy ties.
to feed and water (a horse or other animal), especially during a journey.
to stop for food or refreshment during a journey.
(of a horse or other animal) to take food; feed.
A baiter inside the ring with a blanket shook out at his side stands just ahead of him.
A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
So a baiter on a horse, rides up and jabs the bull’s shoulder with his spear, and another rider jabs him on the other side.
A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
something edible, such as soft bread paste, worms, or pieces of meat, fixed to a hook or in a trap to attract fish or animals
an enticement; temptation
a variant spelling of bate4
(Northern English, dialect) food, esp a packed lunch
(archaic) a short stop for refreshment during a journey
(transitive) to put a piece of food on or in (a hook or trap)
(transitive) to persecute or tease
(transitive) to entice; tempt
(transitive) to set dogs upon (a bear, etc)
(transitive) (archaic) to feed (a horse), esp during a break in a journey
(intransitive) (archaic) to stop for rest and refreshment during a journey
a variant spelling of bate2
“food put on a hook or trap to lure prey,” c.1300, from Old Norse beita “food,” related to Old Norse beit “pasture,” Old English bat “food,” literally “to cause to bite” (see bait (v.)). Figurative sense “anything used as a lure” is from c.1400.
“to torment or goad (someone unable to escape, and to take pleasure in it),” c.1300, beyten, a figurative use from the literal sense of “to set dogs on,” from the medieval entertainment of setting dogs on some ferocious animal to bite and worry it (the literal use is attested from c.1300); from Old Norse beita “to cause to bite,” from Proto-Germanic *baitan (cf. Old English bætan “to cause to bite,” Old High German beizzen “to bait,” Middle High German beiz “hunting,” German beizen “to hawk, to cauterize, etch”), causative of *bitan (see bite (v.)); the causative word forked into the two meanings of “harass” and “food offered.” Related: Baited; baiting.
“to put food on a hook or in a trap,” c.1300, probably from bait (n.). Related: Baited; baiting.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
food, or some substitute, used as a lure in fishing, trapping, etc. a poisoned lure used in exterminating pests. an allurement; enticement: Employees were lured with the bait of annual bonuses. an object for pulling molten or liquefied material, as glass, from a vat or the like by adhesion. South Midland and Southern U.S. a […]
a coin and monetary unit of Oman, the 1000th part of a rial omani. Historical Examples Then Mrs. —— came to say that the baiza Baee had asked her to come and interpret for us, which will be a great comfort. Up the Country Emily Eden
a soft, usually green, woolen or cotton fabric resembling felt, used chiefly for the tops of billiard tables. an article of this fabric or of a fabric resembling it. to line or cover with baize. Historical Examples Mary remained at the table, making sketches upon the baize cover with her pen-handle. The Catholic World, Vol. […]
a narrow peninsula in NW Mexico between the Gulf of California and the Pacific, forming two territories of Mexico. 55,634 sq. mi. (144,090 sq. km). Capitals: Mexicali (Northern Territory) and La Paz (Southern Territory). Historical Examples Against the journey to baja California, Carolina had baked a tremendous pot of brown beans and fried a hundred […]