A woman basking in a hammock.
- Standing onstage while the audience applauds your fantastic performance is an example of to bask in the appreciation.
- Sitting outside on a warm sunny day is an example of to bask in the sunshine.
- to warm oneself pleasantly, as in the sunlight
- to enjoy a warm or pleasant feeling from being in a certain environment or situation: to bask in someone's favor
Origin of baskMiddle English basken, to wallow (in blood): found only in Gower and Lydgate; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps : modern use apparently due to Shakespeare's misunderstanding of Lydgate
intransitive verbbasked, bask·ing, basks
- To expose oneself to pleasant warmth.
- To take great pleasure or satisfaction: “an opportunity to bask in the genteel applause of the faithful” ( Paul A. Witteman )
Origin of baskMiddle English basken to bathe oneself (in warm liquid), wallow perhaps from Old Norse badhask to bathe oneself badha to bathe () (Old English bæth bath ) -sk reflexive suffix ( contraction of sik third person sg. reflexive pronoun )
(third-person singular simple present basks, present participle basking, simple past and past participle basked)
- To bathe in warmth; to be exposed to pleasant heat.
- to bask in the sun
- (figuratively) To take great pleasure or satisfaction; to feel warmth or happiness. (This verb is usually followed by "in").
- I basked in her love.
- to bask in someone's favour
From Old Norse baðask (“to take a bath; literally to bathe oneself, with the suffix -sk representing Old Norse sik (oneself)”).