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[bach] /bætʃ/ Informal.
New Zealand. a small weekend or vacation house or shack.
bach it, to live alone or share living quarters with someone of the same sex, usually doing one's own housework, cooking, laundry, etc.
Origin of bach
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; by shortening
Can be confused
bach, Bach, batch.


[bahkh] /bɑx/
Johann Sebastian
[yoh-hahn si-bas-chuh n;; German yoh-hahn zey-bahs-tee-ahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn sɪˈbæs tʃən;; German ˈyoʊ hɑn zeɪˈbɑs tiˌɑn/ (Show IPA),
1685–1750, German organist and composer.
his sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel
[kahrl fil-ip i-man-yoo-uh l;; German kahrl fee-lip ey-mah-noo-el] /kɑrl ˈfɪl ɪp ɪˈmæn yu əl;; German kɑrl ˈfi lɪp eɪˈmɑ nuˌɛl/ (Show IPA)
1714–88; Johann Christian
[kris-chuh n;; German kris-tee-ahn] /ˈkrɪs tʃən;; German ˈkrɪs tiˌɑn/ (Show IPA)
1735–82; Johann Christoph Friedrich
[kris-tof free-drik;; German kris-tawf free-drikh] /ˈkrɪs tɒf ˈfri drɪk;; German ˈkrɪs tɔf ˈfri drɪx/ (Show IPA)
1732–95; and Wilhelm Friedemann
[wil-helm free-duh-mahn;; German vil-helm free-duh-mahn] /ˈwɪl hɛlm ˈfri dəˌmɑn;; German ˈvɪl hɛlm ˈfri dəˌmɑn/ (Show IPA)
1710–84, German organists and composers.
Can be confused
bach, Bach, batch. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This Minister bach is the abomination, primarily of the Austrian lords, but also of all landowners whatever their rank.

  • They give the pianolist a bird's-eye-view of music and its development from bach to Wagner.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • The talk often turned to grand old bach and his "Well-tempered Clavichord," to which in those early days, he gave ardent study.

  • Next day it's bach, the second seaman, who begins to feel the gaff.

  • At that time bach's name, according to my recollection, was never seen on a pianoforte-recital program.

British Dictionary definitions for bach


/bax; bɑːk/
(Welsh) a term of friendly address: used esp after a person's name
Word Origin
Welsh, literally: little one


a variant spelling of batch1
a simple cottage, esp at the seaside


/German bax/
Johann Christian (joˈhan ˈkrɪstjan), 11th son of J. S. Bach. 1735–82, German composer, called the English Bach, resident in London from 1762
Johann Christoph (ˈkrɪstɔf). 1642–1703, German composer: wrote oratorios, cantatas, and motets, some of which were falsely attributed to J. S. Bach, of whom he was a distant relative
Johann Sebastian (joˈhan zeˈbastjan). 1685–1750, German composer: church organist at Arnstadt (1703–07) and Mühlhausen (1707–08); court organist at Weimar (1708–17); musical director for Prince Leopold of Köthen (1717–28); musical director for the city of Leipzig (1728–50). His output was enormous and displays great vigour and invention within the northern European polyphonic tradition. His works include nearly 200 cantatas and oratorios, settings of the Passion according to St John (1723) and St Matthew (1729), the six Brandenburg Concertos (1720–21), the 48 preludes and fugues of the Well-tempered Clavier (completed 1744), and the Mass in B Minor (1733–38)
Karl (or Carl) Philipp Emanuel (karl ˈfiːlɪp eˈmaːnuɛl), 3rd son of J. S. Bach. 1714–88, German composer, chiefly of symphonies, keyboard sonatas, and church music
Wilhelm Friedemann (ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈfriːdəman), eldest son of J. S. Bach. 1710–84, German composer: wrote nine symphonies and much keyboard and religious music
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Word Origin and History for bach

1845, American English, clipped form of bachelor (n.). Also in colloquial American English use as a verb (1870) meaning "to live as an unmarried man," especially "to do one's own cooking and cleaning." Related: Bached; baching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bach



A bachelor (1850s+)


(also bach it) Of a man, to live alone (1860s+)


verb phrase

To enjoy the life of a bachelor: With his wife on a trip, he bached it for a week

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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