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low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range:
a bass voice; a bass instrument.
of or relating to the lowest part in harmonic music.
the bass part.
a bass voice, singer, or instrument.
double bass.
Contemporary Examples

His bassy, back-of-the-throat syllables are straighter and sexier; his yowls are more pointed and pained.
Is Mick Jagger Too Old to Rock? Andrew Romano July 25, 2013

Historical Examples

“bassy had a great deal of trouble with the choir this evening,” said Mrs. Simpson plaintively.
That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope

bassy, for instance, cannot altogether approve the new school.
That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope

the lowest adult male voice usually having a range from E a 13th below middle C to D a tone above it
a singer with such a voice
the bass, the lowest part in a piece of harmony See also thorough bass
(informal) short for bass guitar, double bass

the low-frequency component of an electrical audio signal, esp in a record player or tape recorder
the knob controlling this on such an instrument

relating to or denoting the bass: bass pitch, the bass part
denoting the lowest and largest instrument in a family: a bass trombone
any of various sea perches, esp Morone labrax, a popular game fish with one large spiny dorsal fin separate from a second smaller one See also sea bass, stone bass
the European perch See perch2 (sense 1)
any of various predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes, such as Micropterus salmoides, (largemouth bass): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
another name for bast (sense 1)
short for basswood
Also called fish bass. a bast fibre bag for holding an angler’s catch

late 14c., of things, “low, not high,” from Late Latin bassus “short, low” (see base (adj.)). Meaning “low in social scale or rank” is recorded from late 14c. Of voices and music notes, from mid-15c. (technically, ranging from the E flat below the bass stave to the F above it), infuenced by Italian basso. Meaning “lowest part of a harmonized musical composition” is from mid-15c. Meaning “bass-viol” is from 1702; that of “double-bass” is from 1927.

freshwater fish, early 15c. corruption of Old English bærs “a fish, perch,” from Proto-Germanic base *bars- “sharp” (cf. Middle Dutch baerse, Middle High German bars, German Barsch “perch,” German barsch “rough”), from PIE root *bhar- “point, bristle” (see bristle (n.)). The fish was so called for its dorsal fins. For loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2).
bass [(bays)]

The lowest range of the male singing voice. (Compare baritone and tenor.)


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