verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM bashbasher, noun
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What does bash mean?
Bash means “to strike” something with great force. It’s been adopted as slang for hurling insults or verbal abuse at someone.
A bash is also an older slang term for “a wild party.”
Where did bash come from?
The use of bash for “a wild party” appears as slang by at least the 1940s.
Bash, for “to insult or verbally abuse,” emerged by the 1950s out of the original “striking” sense of the verb (i.e., hurling very harsh, even hateful criticism). One historic instance is queer-bashing, or slurring the LGBTQ community. Use of this bashing saw even more use due to cyberbullying, trolling, and internet comment culture.
What about the bash- in bashful, meaning “shy” or “timid”? The bash- in bashful actually comes from a shortened form of abash, “to make ashamed or embarrassed.” Abash is related to the word abase, and the verb bash likely imitates the sound of bashing or is influenced by words like bang, smash, and dash.
Who uses bash?
Bashing, for “violent blows,” is frequently used in expressions like bash one’s head against a wall or keyboard. Expect to see this when someone’s in the pique of anger or frustration.
Bash, for “insult,” is used in speech, writing, and social media. Expect to see this bash when someone (or the internet hive mind) is bashing a celebrity, product, or some other cultural phenomenon they dislike: He bashed Samsung’s new phone … or Twitter bashed Facebook’s corporate apology about hacking. A basher (e.g., anime-basher) is not unlike a troll or hater. Bashing, as in the general practice of insulting something, is common, too. For instance: Quit bashing on the new gamers in the forum.
Promote what you love, don't bash what you hate.
— Define YOUR Grind (@DefineYourGrind) July 15, 2014
As mentioned, bash was once slang for a lively party. It’s still seen in phrases like birthday bash.
More examples of bash:
“As BuzzFeed News points out, things turned chaotic when people began catching wind of the plot. In response, Venom fans fired back with their own bad takes and memes bashing A Star Is Born.”
—Sarah Jasmine Montgomery, Complex, October 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for bash
For weeks preceding the bash, Hitch refuses to have anything to do with it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just look at the rhetoric used by angry 1970s rock fans to bash disco.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage|Arthur Chu|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rapper The Game was also in attendance at that bash, as well as Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphy, and Paris Hilton, among others.New Details Emerge in Suge Knight Shooting at Chris Brown's Pre-VMAs Party on the Sunset Strip|Marlow Stern|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For my part, I now decline to bash my head against that particular wall any longer.
The result, Chasens, was renowned for that dish and was the site of the post-Oscars bash for years.
Bash Hyatt married the daughter of the farmer that used to own the brown house.Summer|Edith Wharton
If the wheel slips off they bash it on with a rock or lump of wood, and, like Turkey itself, it just goes on.The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley
Says he to Old Scrubs, 'Sir, the men needs you to bash in their heads.'The Mystery|Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
So perished Bash Tchelik, and thus did the prince finally regain his beloved and loyal wife.Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians|Woislav M. Petrovitch
Why den hurry, and bash de head against a tree in de darkness?The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton