the act of beating, whipping, or thrashing: a series of unsolved bashings and robberies.
a decisive defeat: We gave the visiting team a good bashing.
(used in combination)
  1. unprovoked physical assaults against members of a specified group: gay-bashing.
  2. verbal abuse, as of a group or a nation: feminist-bashing; China-bashing.

Nearby words

  1. basher,
  2. bashful,
  3. bashfully,
  4. bashi-bazouk,
  5. bashibazouk,
  6. bashkir,
  7. bashkir autonomous republic,
  8. bashkir republic,
  9. bashkirtseff,
  10. bashment

Origin of bashing

First recorded in 1725–35; bash + -ing1



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.

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 bashing



(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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