- 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 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|DAILY BEAST
She baited the line and stood on the muddy bank in that outfit.Meghan McCain on Her Grandmother Roberta McCain’s 100th Birthday|Meghan McCain|February 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another soldier was outed by an Evangelical roommate who had baited him into the revelation.
God has his ways of evening out the score—and one waits with baited schadenfraude and trembling.
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|Elizabeth Keckley
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|Allen Kelly
The expression of baited anger returned to Mr. Hilton's intent face.The Rake's Progress|Marjorie Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for baited (1 of 2)
Word Origin for bait
British Dictionary definitions for baited (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with baited
In addition to the idiom beginning with bait
- bait and switch
- fish or cut bait
- jump at (the bait)
- rise to the bait