- 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
Synonyms for bait
Examples from the Web for bait
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 24, 2014
In November, Maine voters will vote on whether to ban using dogs, traps, and bait to hunt black bears in the Pine Tree State.America’s Most Important (and Wackiest) Referendums This November
October 22, 2014
“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
July 9, 2014
The Frisky took the bait, writing that “If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look.”Botticelli's Venus Gets Photoshop Treatment
May 25, 2014
The question is whether any Republican senators will take the bait.Could Shutdown Skeletons Haunt Sylvia Burwell?
April 11, 2014
Historical Examples of bait
Robert went out into the garden, and dug some worms for bait.Brave and Bold
The waters were full of fish, but they would not take the bait.
Johnson was stationed in the powder-magazine, in charge of the cord which held the bait.The Field of Ice
A whale swallowed this bait and then tried to escape as he felt the rope pulling him.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Give my horse a bait and a drink, I beg of ye, for I must get on my way.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for bait
"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 bait
- bait and switch
- fish or cut bait
- jump at (the bait)
- rise to the bait