baited c.1600, "furnished with bait," pp. adj. from BAIT (Cf. bait) (n.). Hence, in a figurative sense, "exciting, alluring" (1650s). For bated breath see BATE (Cf. bate) (1).

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  • Baited — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baited — Synonyms and related words: badgered, bedeviled, beset, bugged, bullyragged, chivied, deviled, dogged, harassed, harried, heckled, hectored, hounded, needled, nipped at, persecuted, pestered, picked on, plagued, ragged, teased, tormented, worried …   Moby Thesaurus

  • baited — adj. lured, enticed; badgered, bothered, teased beɪt n. decoy, lure; enticement, seduction v. place bait on a hook or trap; tempt, lure, entice; badger, tease, harass …   English contemporary dictionary

  • baited — /ˈbeɪtəd/ (say baytuhd) adjective 1. (of a hook or trap) prepared with bait. 2. (of a hook) having had the bait taken. 3. (of meat, etc.) poisoned or drugged …   Australian English dictionary

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