bait

[ beyt ]
/ beɪt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to stop for food or refreshment during a journey.
(of a horse or other animal) to take food; feed.

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Origin of bait

1150–1200; Middle English bait, beit (noun), baiten (v.) < Old Norse, probably reflecting both beita to pasture, hunt, chase with dogs or hawks (ultimately causative of bíta to bite; cf. bate3) and beita fish bait

SYNONYMS FOR bait

OTHER WORDS FROM bait

bait·er, nouno·ver·bait, verb (used with object)re·bait, verb (used with object)un·bait, verb (used with object)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bait

bait batebaited bated
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British Dictionary definitions for baiting (1 of 2)

bait1
/ (beɪt) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for bait

C13: from Old Norse beita to hunt, persecute; related to Old English bǣtan to restrain, hunt, Old High German beizen

usage for bait

The phrase with bated breath is sometimes wrongly spelled with baited breath

British Dictionary definitions for baiting (2 of 2)

bait2
/ (beɪt) /

verb

a variant spelling of bate 2
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Idioms and Phrases with baiting

bait

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