bash

[bash]
verb (used with object)
  1. to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
  2. Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.
noun
  1. a crushing blow.
  2. Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.
Idioms
  1. have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
  2. on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.

Origin of bash

First recorded in 1635–45; perhaps of expressive origin
Related formsbash·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for basher

Historical Examples of basher

  • With a sweep of his arm the "basher" crashed a black-jack against his skull.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • Louie and the other "basher" started toward him, but stopped at a gesture from "Slim."

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • John threw the chair at the "basher" before him and dashed to the other side of the room.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • The "basher" swung up from the hip with his right arm, aiming for John's face.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • He was talking quietly and without rancor, but he had a vibe like a basher.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for basher

bash

verb
  1. (tr) to strike violently or crushingly
  2. (tr; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blowto bash a door down
  3. (intr foll by into) to crash (into); collide (with)to bash into a lamppost
  4. to dent or be dentedthis tin is bashed; this cover won't bash easily
noun
  1. a heavy blow, as from a fist
  2. a dent; indentation
  3. a party
  4. have a bash informal to make an attempt
See also bash up

Word Origin for bash

C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for basher
n.

1882, agent noun from bash (v.).

bash

n.

"a heavy blow," 1805, from bash (v.). Meaning "an attempt" is attested by 1948. On a bash "on a drunken spree" is slang from 1901, which gave the word its sense of "party."

bash

v.

"to strike violently," 1640s, perhaps of Scandinavian origin, from Old Norse *basca "to strike" (cf. Swedish basa "to baste, whip, flog, lash," Danish baske "to beat, strike, cudgel"); or the whole group might be independently derived and echoic. Figurative sense of "abuse verbally or in writing" is from 1948. Related: Bashed; bashing.

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