- a large or sufficient quantity or amount: He fetched a good bait of wood.
- an excessive quantity or amount.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object) Archaic.
Origin of bait
Related formsbait·er, nouno·ver·bait, verb (used with object)re·bait, verb (used with object)un·bait, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for bait
The gang does bait two officers with Noah, but another car comes tearing in and whisks them both away.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“A lot of times the people who are being smuggled here are just being used as bait,” he says.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis|Caitlin Dickson|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Frisky took the bait, writing that “If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look.”
The question is whether any Republican senators will take the bait.
The legendary puppets have a conversation about Muppets Most Wanted, Oscar bait, and love tapping Tina Fey.Exclusive: Kermit the Frog Grills Miss Piggy About ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ Dating, and Hollywood|Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is best to have the trap set so that mice nibbling at bait will not throw it.Deadfalls and Snares|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The little stream is filled with trout; one has flies for bait which have to be kept on the move continually.An Anarchist Woman|Hutchins Hapgood
The old woman made acorn bread for him, and showed him how to set rock traps and other traps, and how to bait them with acorns.Creation Myths of Primitive America|Jeremiah Curtin
I've marked a place where I can tie my camera, and fix the bait so he'll have to be in range when the flash comes.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys|Silas K. Boone
The line is at once let out, so that the bait may not drag after the ship.A Boy's Voyage Round the World|The Son of Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for bait (1 of 2)
Word Origin for bait
British Dictionary definitions for bait (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with bait
In addition to the idiom beginning with bait
- bait and switch
- fish or cut bait
- jump at (the bait)
- rise to the bait