verb (used with object)

to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.


a crushing blow.
Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.

Nearby words

  1. baseness,
  2. basenji,
  3. baseplate,
  4. bases,
  5. basescu,
  6. bash up,
  7. bashan,
  8. bashaw,
  9. basher,
  10. bashful


    have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
    on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.

Origin of bash

First recorded in 1635–45; perhaps of expressive origin

Related formsbash·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bash



(tr) to strike violently or crushingly
(tr; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blowto bash a door down
(intr foll by into) to crash (into); collide (with)to bash into a lamppost
to dent or be dentedthis tin is bashed; this cover won't bash easily


a heavy blow, as from a fist
a dent; indentation
a party
have a bash informal to make an attempt
See also bash up

Word Origin for bash

C17: of uncertain origin

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