[bath, bahth]

noun, plural baths [bath z, bahth z, baths, bahths] /bæðz, bɑðz, bæθs, bɑθs/.

verb (used with or without object), bathed, bath·ing. Chiefly British.

to wash or soak in a bath.


    take a bath, Informal. to suffer a large financial loss: Many investors are taking a bath on their bond investments.

Origin of bath

before 900; Middle English; Old English bæth; cognate with Old Frisian beth, Old Saxon, Old Norse bath, German Bad; < Germanic *bátha-n what is warmed, akin to Old High German bājan (German bähen), Swedish basa to warm; pre-Germanic *bheH- to warm, past participle *bhH-to-
Related formsbath·less, adjective



verb (used with object), bathed, bath·ing.

to immerse (all or part of the body) in water or some other liquid, for cleansing, refreshment, etc.
to wet; wash.
to moisten or suffuse with any liquid.
to apply water or other liquid to, with a sponge, cloth, etc.: to bathe a wound.
to wash over or against, as by the action of the sea, a river, etc.: incoming tides bathing the coral reef.
to cover or surround: a shaft of sunlight bathing the room; a morning fog bathing the city.

verb (used without object), bathed, bath·ing.

to take a bath or sunbath.
to swim for pleasure.
to be covered or surrounded as if with water.


  1. the act of bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river.
  2. a swimming bath.

Origin of bathe

before 1000; Middle English bath(i)en, Old English bathian, equivalent to bæth bath1 + -ian infinitive suffix
Related formsre·bathe, verb, re·bathed, re·bath·ing.
Can be confusedbath bathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bathed

Contemporary Examples of bathed

Historical Examples of bathed

  • He bathed in this imaginary future as in the waters of omnipotence.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Overhead is the starry sky, bathed in the pale radiance of the moon.

  • Angelique smiled, as she stood there, dazzled, and as if bathed in the springtide.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • It was Beatriz, bathed in her blood, who fell at the feet of her frenzied lover.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I had bathed and breakfasted, and was strolling on the bright quays.

British Dictionary definitions for bathed



a city in SW England, in Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, on the River Avon: famous for its hot springs; a fashionable spa in the 18th century; Roman remains, notably the baths; university (1966). Pop: 90 144 (2001)Latin name: Aquae Sulis (ˈækwiːˈsuːlɪs)



(intr) to swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river, esp for pleasure
(tr) to apply liquid to (skin, a wound, etc) in order to cleanse or soothe
to immerse or be immersed in a liquidto bathe machine parts in oil
mainly US and Canadian to wash in a bath
(tr; often passive) to suffuseher face was bathed with radiance
(tr) (of water, the sea, etc) to lap; washwaves bathed the shore


British a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river
Derived Formsbather, noun

Word Origin for bathe

Old English bathian; related to Old Norse batha, Old High German badōn



noun plural baths (bɑːðz)

a large container, esp one made of enamelled iron or plastic, used for washing or medically treating the bodyRelated adjective: balneal
the act or an instance of washing in such a container
the amount of liquid contained in a bath
run a bath to turn on the taps to fill a bath with water for bathing oneself
(usually plural) a place that provides baths or a swimming pool for public use
  1. a vessel in which something is immersed to maintain it at a constant temperature, to process it photographically, electrolytically, etc, or to lubricate it
  2. the liquid used in such a vessel


British to wash in a bath

Word Origin for bath

Old English bæth; compare Old High German bad, Old Norse bath; related to Swedish basa to clean with warm water, Old High German bāen to warm




an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about 8.3 Imperial gallons or 10 US gallons

Word Origin for bath

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Word Origin and History for bathed



Old English bæð "immersing in water, mud, etc.," also "quantity of water, etc., for bathing," from Proto-Germanic *batham (cf. Old Norse bað, Middle Dutch bat, German bad), from PIE root *bhe- "to warm" (cf. Latin fovere "to foment") + Germanic *-thuz suffix indicating "act, process, condition" (cf. birth, death). Original sense was of heating, not immersing in water. The city in Somerset, England (Old English Baðun) was so called from its hot springs. Bath salts attested from 1875 (Dr. Julius Braun, "On the Curative Effects of Baths and Waters").



Old English baþian "to wash, lave, bathe" (transitive and intransitive), from root of bath (q.v.), with different vowel sound due to i-mutation. Related: Bathed; bathing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bathed in Medicine



n. pl. baths (băðz, băths)

The act of soaking or cleansing the body or any of its parts, as in water.
The apparatus used in giving a bath.
The fluid used to maintain the metabolic activities of an organism.
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Idioms and Phrases with bathed


see take a bath; throw out the baby with the bath water.

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