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OTHER WORDS FROM bashbasher, noun
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ABOUT THIS WORD
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
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How to use bash in a sentence
The other schools that have fared worst in BASH also make sense.Nick Saban And Alabama Have Dominated The SEC. But Who Have The Tide Rolled The Most?|Alex Kirshner|September 2, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Summer is in full effect, which means barbecues, bashes, and begging for an end to the global pandemic.5 Great Headphone Options to Get You Through a Sweaty, Song-Filled Summer|Patrick Lucas Austin|August 2, 2021|Time
Like a freshman invited to a senior bash, the Friends members want the party to last — even if the host group hardly notices them.
The best example of that passion came when a Facebook posting about a supposed June 24 Limelight reopening bash prompted a frenzy, only to have the organizers cancel the event.Michael Musto Gets His Groove Back, as New York City Clubland Returns|Michael Musto|June 17, 2021|The Daily Beast
Tye celebrated her 30th birthday with a picnic instead of the big bash she had planned.Being Single Was Just a Part of Their Lives Before the Pandemic. Then It Became the Defining One|Belinda Luscombe|April 17, 2021|Time
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
Another Dem who has been just a heart-beat (or a lamp bash) away from being president.
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
Kadyrov had organized another big party last weekend, even before the Putin birthday bash.
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
Mother: "I don't care wot yer do so long as yer don't bash 'er abaht the 'ead."Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.|Charles L. Graves
Next morning, when Bash Tchelik left the cave, the prince came and learned the secret from his wife.
So perished Bash Tchelik, and thus did the prince finally regain his beloved and loyal wife.
The prince thankfully took the feather and started once more in pursuit of Bash Tchelik.
Thereupon Bash Tchelik disappeared with the princess, and her husband remained to wonder what he should do next.