Bait Bait (b[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Baiting}.] [OE. baiten, beit[=e]n, to feed, harass, fr. Icel. beita, orig., to cause to bite, fr. b[=i]ta. [root]87. See {Bite}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull. [1913 Webster]

2. To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

3. To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook. [1913 Webster]

A crooked pin . . . baited with a vile earthworm. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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