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Meaning of BAIT

Pronunciation:  beyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something used to lure victims into danger
  2. [n]  anything that serves as an enticement
  3. [v]  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. [v]  attack with dogs or set dogs upon
  5. [v]  lure, entice, or entrap with bait

BAIT is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: cod, come-on, decoy, hook, lure, lure, rag, rally, razz, ride, sweetener, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
 See Also: assail, assault, attack, banter, barrack, bemock, chaff, device, entice, enticement, fish lure, fisherman's lure, flout, gibe, ground bait, jeer, jolly, josh, kid, lure, mock, scoff, set on, stool pigeon, tempt, temptation, trap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bait\, n. [Icel. beita food, beit pasture, akin to AS.
    b[=a]t food, Sw. bete. See {Bait}, v. i.]
    1. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other
       animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or
    2. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
    3. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a
       journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
    4. A light or hasty luncheon.
    {Bait bug} (Zo["o]l), a crustacean of the genus {Hippa} found
       burrowing in sandy beaches. See {Anomura}.
  2. \Bait\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baited}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Baiting}.] [OE. baiten, beit?n, to feed, harass, fr. Icel.
    beita, orig. to cause to bite, fr. b[=i]ta. [root]87. See
    1. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for
       sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.
    2. To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as,
       to bait horses. --Holland.
    3. To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook.
             A crooked pin . . . bailed with a vile earthworm.
                                                   --W. Irving.
  3. \Bait\, v. i.
    To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment
    of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.
          Evil news rides post, while good news baits. --Milton.
          My lord's coach conveyed me to Bury, and thence baiting
          at Newmarket.                            --Evelyn.
  4. \Bait\, v. i. [F. battre de l'aile (or des ailes), to flap
    or flutter. See {Batter}, v. i.]
    To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a
    hawk when she stoops to her prey. ``Kites that bait and
    beat.'' --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of bait indicates that you may be fishing for a deal or a compliment. It may also indicate your desire to lure or entice someone.
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