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
- Rhymes with: -eɪt
- Any substance, especially food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, trap, or net.
- Food containing poison or a harmful additive to kill animals that are pests.
- Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
- A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
- A light or hasty luncheon.
Usage notesUsed 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
- Korean: 미끼, 먹이
- Portuguese: isca
- Spanish: carnada, cebo
anything which allures
- Czech: návnada
- German: Köder, Lockmittel
- Italian: esca
- Spanish: anzuelo, carnada
ReferencesDobson & Irwin Newcastle 1970}}
Usage notesNot 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
Bait has several different meanings:
- Bait (dogs) - using dogs to worry or torment a chained or confined animal
- Bait (luring substance) - eg. for angling.
- Bait (poison) - Food containing poison or a harmful additive to kill animals that are pests.
- Bait car - vehicle rigged by the police to catch auto thieves
- Bait and switch - a form of fraud
- The Bait - A television crime thriller movie
- Bait (film) - 2000 film starring Jamie Foxx
- Bait (2002 film) - 2002 TV film
bait in French: appât
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