- 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 baited
Contemporary Examples of baited
As the country waited with baited breath, national media covered the mission to rescue the miners, stuck 240 feet underground.The Bangladesh Factory Collapse Survivor and More Miraculous Rescues (VIDEO)
Holly Bernal, Ben Teitelbaum
May 10, 2013
She baited the line and stood on the muddy bank in that outfit.Meghan McCain on Her Grandmother Roberta McCain’s 100th Birthday
February 7, 2012
Another soldier was outed by an Evangelical roommate who had baited him into the revelation.My Life as a Gay Officer
May 26, 2010
God has his ways of evening out the score—and one waits with baited schadenfraude and trembling.'Mom, Dad—I Need $96K'
July 10, 2009
Historical Examples of baited
Tired and hungry, and then baited like a bull by your rusty wits!In Sunny Spain with Pilarica and Rafael
Katharine Lee Bates
I would sooner trifle with a she-bear the minute after they had baited her.The Fortunes of Nigel
Sir Walter Scott
She generally managed to keep a half-dozen gentlemen biting at the hook that she baited so temptingly for them.Behind the Scenes
It was set right in the trail and baited with a chunk of pork tied to the muzzle and connected with the trigger by a string.Bears I Have Met--and Others
The expression of baited anger returned to Mr. Hilton's intent face.The Rake's Progress
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