- a large or sufficient quantity or amount: He fetched a good bait of wood.
- an excessive quantity or amount.
Origin of bait
OTHER WORDS FROM baitbaiter, nouno·ver·bait, verb (used with object)re·bait, verb (used with object)un·bait, verb (used with object)
How to use bait in a sentence
They knew how to lure dogs into swamps, where they were used as bait for alligators.These Pioneers Tried to Get the Confederate Flag Out of Mississippi 156 Years Ago|Fiona Zublin|December 3, 2020|Ozy
Elie calls this pages link bait pages because they easily attract links.Video: Elie Orgel on using data to create pages that get links|Barry Schwartz|November 23, 2020|Search Engine Land
When a crab grabs the bait, you can feel the line move and slowly lift the crab toward the surface to be netted.
When line tension is released from the trap, it opens in a four-sided pattern, making the bait available to any nearby crab.
Crab trap success is dependent on using fresh baits, usually fish.
Open-carry activists are known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments about the Second Amendment and state laws.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Limbaugh makes comments like this because his right-wing fans require a non–stop diet of race-baiting red meat.
When you saw it out in Ferguson, there was a baiting going on.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Netflix prison dramedy, with its binge-baiting release strategy, is engrossing in every sense of word.Inside Orange Is the New Black’s Terrifying Showdown Between Red and Vee|Kevin Fallon|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Desperate to stand out, some megachurches are baiting Easter crowds with flat-screen TVs, iPads, and Starbucks gift cards.Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets|Matthew Paul Turner|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Judge inquired if that was the sole object of the plaintiff, or was it not rather baiting with a sprat to catch a herring?
The little shrivelled don who had been omniscient about guns joined in the baiting, and displayed himself a venomous creature.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
At Bamberg why should a Prussian Majesty linger, except for picturesque or for mere baiting purposes?History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
He seemed to be baiting his hook for another cast in the river.Paul Patoff|F. Marion Crawford
Her blandness was beyond all baiting; she professed she could be as still as a mouse.The Tragic Muse|Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for bait (1 of 2)
Word Origin for bait
usage for bait
British Dictionary definitions for bait (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with bait
In addition to the idiom beginning with bait
- bait and switch
- fish or cut bait
- jump at (the bait)
- rise to the bait