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.

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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)

Definition for basted (2 of 3)

baste2
[ 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

Definition for basted (3 of 3)

baste3
[ 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 basted (1 of 3)

baste1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for basted (2 of 3)

baste2
/ (beɪst) /

verb

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

Word Origin for baste

C15: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for basted (3 of 3)

baste3
/ (beɪst) /

verb

(tr) to beat thoroughly; thrash

Word Origin for baste

C16: probably from Old Norse beysta
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