AskDefine | Define bait

Dictionary Definition



1 anything that serves as an enticement [syn: come-on, hook, lure, sweetener]
2 something used to lure victims into danger [syn: decoy, lure]


1 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" [syn: tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, taunt, twit, rally, ride]
2 lure, entice, or entrap with bait
3 attack with dogs or set dogs upon

User Contributed Dictionary



From beita.


  • /beɪt/
    Rhymes with: -eɪt


  1. Any substance, especially food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, trap, or net.
  2. Food containing poison or a harmful additive to kill animals that are pests.
  3. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
  4. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
  5. A light or hasty luncheon.

Usage notes

Used in Geordie dialect of English to denote your lunch at work as opposed to other meals.


substance used in catching fish
  • Chinese: 誘餌, 诱饵
  • Czech: návnada
  • Dutch: aas, lokaas
  • French: appât
  • German: Köder
  • Italian: esca
  • Japanese: 餌
  • Jèrriais:
  • Korean: 미끼, 먹이
  • Portuguese: isca
  • Spanish: carnada, cebo
anything which allures
  • Czech: návnada
  • German: Köder, Lockmittel
  • Italian: esca
  • Spanish: anzuelo, carnada

Derived terms


Dobson & Irwin Newcastle 1970}}


  1. To attract fish or other animals in order to catch them.
  2. The act to worry or torment a chained or confined animal by setting dogs upon it for sport.
  3. To intentionally annoy, torment, or threaten by constant rebukes or threats.

Usage notes

Not to be confused with bate, particularly in the expression "with baited breath": this means your breath smells of fish, when you meant to say you were holding your breath.


to attract fish or other animals in order to catch them
  • Dutch:

Extensive Definition

Bait has several different meanings:
bait in French: appât

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