1 of 2


variants or less commonly batch
bached also batched; baching also batching; baches also batches

intransitive verb

: to live as a bachelor
often used with it


2 of 2


New Zealand
: a small house or weekend cottage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Our bach boy Peter continues to have no real conversations with literally anyone, but does manage to (probably) sleep with two women and definitely piss off a third one. Hannah Rimm,, 25 Feb. 2020 For summer vacation, from Christmas to February, Kiwis tramp along a Great Walk, or tent near a stream, or drive a campervan from forest to forest, or rent a bach — a beach house — on the coast. Longreads, 18 Sep. 2019

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Word History



short for bachelor entry 1

First Known Use


1865, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bach was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Bach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Biographical Definition

Bach 1 of 4

biographical name (1)

Carl Philipp Emanuel 1714–1788 son of Johann Sebastian Bach German composer


2 of 4

biographical name (2)

Johann Christian 1735–1782 son of Johann Sebastian Bach German organist and composer


3 of 4

biographical name (3)

Johann Sebastian 1685–1750 German organist and composer


4 of 4

biographical name (4)

Wilhelm Friedemann 1710–1784 son of Johann Sebastian Bach German composer
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