noun, plural (especially collectively) bait·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bait·fish·es.

a small fish that is a source of food for a larger fish: Fishermen knew the presence of baitfish meant plenty of bass nearby.
Angling. any small fish, as a minnow or shiner, used as bait.

Nearby words

  1. bait,
  2. bait and switch,
  3. bait casting,
  4. bait-and-switch,
  5. baited,
  6. baith,
  7. baiza,
  8. baize,
  9. baja,
  10. baja california

Origin of baitfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019