Definition of "bait" []

  • Food or other lure placed on a hook or in a trap and used in the taking of fish, birds, or other animals. (noun)
  • Something, such as a worm, used for this purpose. (noun)
  • An enticement; a temptation. (noun)
  • Archaic A stop for food or rest during a trip. (noun)
  • To place a lure in (a trap) or on (a fishing hook). (verb-transitive)
  • Something edible, such as soft bread paste, worms, or pieces of meat, fixed to a hook or in a trap to attract fish or animals (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An enticement; temptation (noun)
  • Food, esp a packed lunch (noun)
  • A short stop for refreshment during a journey (noun)
  • To put a piece of food on or in (a hook or trap) (verb)
  • To persecute or tease (verb)
  • To entice; tempt (verb)
  • To set dogs upon (a bear, etc) (verb)
  • To feed (a horse), esp during a break in a journey (verb)
  • To stop for rest and refreshment during a journey (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bait" in a sentence
  • "This bait is about two inches long, has wiggly legs, and also has two wiggly curled tails."
  • "Grab the lure with your other hand and pull it back, loading the rod, until the bait is about even with your side."
  • "We'll show you what the cops are doing in what they call bait cars."