NounBait (plural Baits)
- 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.
- (transitive) To set dogs on (an animal etc.) to bite or worry; to attack with dogs, especially for sport.
- (transitive) To intentionally annoy, torment, or threaten by constant rebukes or threats; to harass.
- (transitive, now rare) To feed and water (a horse or other animal), especially during a journey.
- (transitive) To attract with bait; to entice.
- (transitive) To affix bait to a fishing hook or fishing line.
Adjectives for Bait
tempting; dainty; false; seductive; coveted; treacherous; pernicious; alluring.
Verbs for Bait
devour— expose—; feed—; hold out—; proffer— swallow—; —allures; —ensnares;—entices —lures; —tempts; —traps.
aggravate, allure, allurement, annoy, badger, bait the hook, baited trap, be at, bedevil, beset, birdlime, bite, blandish, bola, bother, bribe, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up, cajole, carrot, charm, chivy, coax, cobweb, come-on, decoy, decoy duck, devil, discompose, distemper, disturb, dog, dragnet, draw, draw in, draw on, drawcard, drawing card, encouragement, endearment, ensnare, entice, enticement, entrap, exasperate, exercise, fash, fillip, fishhook, flirt, flirt with, fly, get, gill net, give the come-on, gripe, ground bait, harass, harry, haze, heckle, hector, hook, hound, incentive, incitement, inducement, interest, inveigh, inveigle, inveiglement, invitation, irk, jig, lariat, lasso, lead on, lime, lure, meshes, miff, molest, morsel, nag, needle, net, nettle, noose, nudzh, offer bait to, payment, peeve, percentage, persecute, persuasive, pester, pick on, piece, pique, plague, pluck the beard, plug, pother, pound net, profit, provocation, provoke, purse seine, push around, rag, reward, ride, rile, roil, rope in, ruffle, seduce, seducement, seine, snare, sniggle, spinner, springe, squid, stimulation, stimulative, stimulus, suck in, sweetener, sweetening, tease, tempt, temptation, toils, toll, torment, trap, trawl, try the patience, tweak the nose, vex, whet, wobbler, woo, worry
As noun, used in Geordie dialect of English to denote your lunch at work as opposed to other meals. Also used in East Anglian dialect of English to denote a small meal taken mid-morning while farming, and in the North of England to denote a snack taken by miners to eat while working.
As a verb, it is sometimes confused in writing with the rare verb bate, which is pronounced identically; in particular, the expression with bated breath is frequently misspelled *with baited breath by writers unfamiliar with the verb bate.