Definitions for baitbeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. food, or some substitute, used as a lure in fishing, trapping, etc.

  2. a poisoned lure used in exterminating pests.

  3. an allurement; enticement.

  4. (v.t.)to prepare (a hook or trap) with bait.

    Category: Sport

  5. to lure, as with bait.

  6. to set dogs upon (an animal) for sport.

  7. to torment, esp. with malicious remarks; harass.

  8. to tease.

  9. to feed and water (an animal) during a journey.

  10. (v.i. Archaic.)to stop for food or refreshment during a journey.

Origin of bait:

1150–1200; ME < ON, prob. reflecting both beita to pasture, hunt, chase with dogs or hawks (ult. causative of bīta to bite ) and beita fish bait


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bait, come-on, hook, lure, sweetener(noun)

    anything that serves as an enticement

  2. bait, decoy, lure(verb)

    something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

  3. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

    "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

  4. bait(verb)

    lure, entice, or entrap with bait

  5. bait(verb)

    attack with dogs or set dogs upon

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bait(noun)ˈeɪt

    food to attract an animal or fish

    Put some bait on the hook.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bait(verb)

    any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net

  2. Bait(verb)

    anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation

  3. Bait(verb)

    a portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment

  4. Bait(verb)

    a light or hasty luncheon

  5. Bait(verb)

    to provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull

  6. Bait(verb)

    to give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses

  7. Bait(verb)

    to furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook

  8. Bait(verb)

    to stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey

  9. Bait(verb)

    to flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey


  1. Bait

    Bait is any substance used to attract prey, e.g. in a mousetrap.

Anagrams of bait

  1. A bit

  2. Abit

Translations for bait

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


food used to attract fish, animals etc which one wishes to catch, kill etc

Before he went fishing he dug up some worms for bait.

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