baste

1
[ beyst ]
/ beɪst /

verb (used with object), bast·ed, bast·ing.

to sew with long, loose stitches, as in temporarily tacking together pieces of a garment while it is being made.

Nearby words

  1. bastardize,
  2. bastardized,
  3. bastardly,
  4. bastardry,
  5. bastardy,
  6. bastel house,
  7. baster,
  8. basti,
  9. bastia,
  10. bastian

Origin of baste

1
1400–50; late Middle English basten < Anglo-French, Middle French bastir to build, baste < Germanic; compare Old High German bestan to mend, patch for *bastian to bring together with bast thread or string (bast bast + -i- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix)

baste

2
[ beyst ]
/ beɪst /

verb (used with object), bast·ed, bast·ing.

to moisten (meat or other food) while cooking, with drippings, butter, etc.

noun

liquid used to moisten and flavor food during cooking: a baste of sherry and pan juices.

Origin of baste

2
1425–75; late Middle English basten, of obscure origin

baste

3
[ beyst ]
/ beɪst /

verb (used with object), bast·ed, bast·ing.

to beat with a stick; thrash; cudgel.
to denounce or scold vigorously: an editorial basting the candidate for irresponsible statements.

Origin of baste

3
1525–35; variant of baist, perhaps < Old Norse beysta to beat, thrash

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British Dictionary definitions for baste

baste

1
/ (beɪst) /

verb

(tr) to sew with loose temporary stitches

Word Origin for baste

C14: from Old French bastir to build, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German besten to sew with bast

verb

to moisten (meat) during cooking with hot fat and the juices produced

Word Origin for baste

C15: of uncertain origin

verb

(tr) to beat thoroughly; thrash

Word Origin for baste

C16: probably from Old Norse beysta

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Word Origin and History for baste
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