- The definition of bait is a person, place, or thing used to attract.
- An example of bait is the worm used on the end of a pole to attract fish.
- An example of bait is the poisonous trap used for killing ants in the house.
- An example of bait is a sheep left out in a field in order to lure the wolf.
- Bait means to upset through saying and/or doing something that will annoy or hurt another.
- An example of bait is when an investigator is interviewing a suspect, and he says insulting and demeaning things to get the person upset in order to judge his reactions.
- An example of bait is to whip a dog mercilessly, causing him to attack and bite another dog in a fight.
- Bait is defined as to tempt someone or something.
An example of bait is setting out delicious smelling cinnamon rolls for sampling in an attempt to get people to buy more cinnamon rolls.
bait definition by Webster's New World
- to set attacking dogs against: people formerly baited chained bears for sport
- to attack as such dogs do
- to torment or harass with unprovoked, vicious, repeated attacks
- to tease or goad, esp. so as to provoke a reaction
- to put food, etc. on (a hook or trap) to lure animals or fish
- to lure; tempt; entice
- Archaic to feed (animals) during a break in a journey
Origin: Middle English baiten ; from Old Norse beita ; from Germanic an unverified form baitian, causative of an unverified form bitan: for base see bite
- food, etc. put on a hook or trap to lure fish or animals
- anything used as a lure; enticement
- ☆ Dialectal a large amount: we wolfed down a bait of huckleberries
- Archaic a stop for rest or food during a journey
Origin: ON beita, lure, fish bait
- baiter noun
bait definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Food or other lure placed on a hook or in a trap and used in the taking of fish, birds, or other animals.b. Something, such as a worm, used for this purpose.
- An enticement; a temptation.
- Archaic A stop for food or rest during a trip.
- To place a lure in (a trap) or on (a fishing hook).
- To entice, especially by trickery or strategy.
- To set dogs upon (a chained animal, for example) for sport.
- To attack or torment, especially with persistent insults, criticism, or ridicule.
- To tease.
- To feed (an animal), especially on a journey.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse beita, food, fodder, fish bait. V., from Old Norse beita, to put animals to pasture, hunt with dogs; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
- baitˈer noun