What does bait mean?

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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

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bait

    bāt, n. food put on a hook to allure fish or make them bite: any allurement or temptation: a refreshment taken on a journey, or the time taken up by such.—v.t. to set food as a lure: to give refreshment on a journey: to set dogs on a bear, badger, &c.: to worry, persecute, harass.—v.i. to take refreshment on a journey. [M. E. beyten—Scand. beita, to make to bite, causal of bíta, to bite.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bait

    A type of food or substance you put on a hook to catch fish.

    The local fishing tackle shop sells bait and the angling club know what day it comes in to stock so buy what they need for their competitions.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on October 7, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bait in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bait in a Sentence

  1. Michael Carvin:

    IRS pulled a bait and switch.

  2. Jose Simon:

    In Mexico we have a word for sushi Bait.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Darkness uses light as bait on its hook!

  4. Jose Simon:

    In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Darkness uses light as bait on its fishhook!

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