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Meaning & Definition of Bait in English

English

Bait

/bet/

noun

1. Anything that serves as an enticement

    synonym:
  • bait
  • ,
  • come-on
  • ,
  • hook
  • ,
  • lure
  • ,
  • sweetener

2. Something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

    synonym:
  • bait
  • ,
  • decoy
  • ,
  • lure

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • razz
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • cod
  • ,
  • tantalize
  • ,
  • tantalise
  • ,
  • bait
  • ,
  • taunt
  • ,
  • twit
  • ,
  • rally
  • ,
  • ride

2. Lure, entice, or entrap with bait

    synonym:
  • bait

3. Attack with dogs or set dogs upon

    synonym:
  • bait

Examples of using

Once you've caught the fish, you no longer need the bait.
I think it's time for me to put new bait on the hook.