bait

[ beyt ]
/ beɪt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to stop for food or refreshment during a journey.
(of a horse or other animal) to take food; feed.

Origin of bait

1150–1200; Middle English bait, beit (noun), baiten (v.) < Old Norse, probably reflecting both beita to pasture, hunt, chase with dogs or hawks (ultimately causative of bíta to bite; cf. bate3) and beita fish bait
SYNONYMS FOR bait
Related formsbait·er, nouno·ver·bait, verb (used with object)re·bait, verb (used with object)un·bait, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedbait batebaited bated
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Examples from the Web for rebait

  • Then a lobsterman has to rebait his traps, and as he does that with rotten fish, it's not a sweet job.

  • In a few days, visit these dens again and at all where the bait is gone, rebait and set a trap.

    Steel Traps|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • It takes the hunter two full days to rebait, clean out and freshen up such a line.

    Canadian Wilds|Martin Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for rebait (1 of 2)

bait

1
/ (beɪt) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for bait

C13: from Old Norse beita to hunt, persecute; related to Old English bǣtan to restrain, hunt, Old High German beizen

usage

The phrase with bated breath is sometimes wrongly spelled with baited breath

British Dictionary definitions for rebait (2 of 2)

bait

2
/ (beɪt) /

verb

a variant spelling of bate 2
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Idioms and Phrases with rebait

bait


In addition to the idiom beginning with bait

  • bait and switch

also see:

  • fish or cut bait
  • jump at (the bait)
  • rise to the bait
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