\ ˈbash How to pronounce bash (audio) \
bashed; bashing; bashes

Definition of bash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strike violently : hit also : to injure or damage by striking : smash often used with in
2 : to attack physically or verbally media bashing celebrity bashing
bash away
British, informal
: to work hard at something That is exactly what I tell myself as I bash away in the gym …— Jay Rayner
bash on
British, informal
: to continue to work at something : carry on … I'm a lot less sure about what I'm meant to be, or do, in a time of undeniable middle age. I guess I will just bash on as ever, and hope I don't appear too ridiculous as I do so.— Becky Sheaves
bash out
British, informal
: to produce (something) quickly : bang out Three years ago Piaggio disappointed enthusiasts by axing the retro Vespa's production. But Indian company LML continued to bash out copies that flew out of the dealers, especially in Italy …— Harriet Ridley
bash up
chiefly British, informal
: to attack (someone) physically : to hit (someone) repeatedly Umpires being lampooned or even bashed up [=beaten up] in schools, college and league cricket is hardly rare.— Ayaz Memon



Definition of bash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a forceful blow
2 : a festive social gathering : party
3 chiefly British : try, attempt have a bash at it

Other Words from bash


basher noun

Examples of bash in a Sentence

Verb I bashed my arm against the door. Someone bashed him over the head with a chair. They tried to bash the door open. Noun We threw her a birthday bash. She gave me a bash on the head.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Recent polling shows why Republicans are so eager to bash Democrats on Title 42. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Still, the Budd ad promotes his endorsement from Trump while using Trump-era footage to bash Biden. Daniel Dale, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 For instance: Trolls bash CNN's ratings, but the network is in the top 10 on cable. Brian Stelter, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 But the size differential worked in the opposite direction, allowing center Jakob Poeltl to bash smaller guards in the paint for 21 points. Julia Poe,, 29 Jan. 2022 This is far from the first time that Neil Young has used his platform to bash a major corporation. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2022 Even the weapon that the prosecutor Bonne Howard-Regan said at the 2001 trial was the murder weapon — a hammer used to bash Robert Dorotik’s skull — has been challenged by Dorotik. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 And another group called the Ohio Conservative Restoration Project has formed to bash Jim Renacci, DeWine’s Republican primary opponent, including producing a video ad that appears on YouTube. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 So how much longer are Democrats going to bash their heads against this particular brick wall? Stephen Collinson, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During his four years in office, Trump mercilessly attacked the press, refusing to attend the annual bash at which America's Fourth Estate fetes its luminaries and celebrates its own accomplishments. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 1 May 2022 Kelly also shared a slideshow of images, staring with a shot of himself and Fox from an ornate birthday bash, decorated with balloons and roses in shades of white and pink. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Apr. 2022 In partnership with Zouk Nightlife and presented by Resorts World Las Vegas, the annual welcome bash at Rolling Stone Live will feature DJs Honey, Pookie and the Archer. Thania Garcia, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 The annual music bash at Front Porch Music continues this year on Jan. 22 and not only celebrates his Jan. 23 birthday but also the Jan. 19 birthday of his partner and fellow Lowell resident, Char Buchanan Fietz. Jessi Virtusio,, 14 Jan. 2022 After last year's festivities were canceled due to COVID restrictions, the Queen, 95, hoped to host her extended family for an annual pre-Christmas bash next week. Simon Perry,, 16 Dec. 2021 Former president Barack Obama will join the sexagenarian club with an outdoor birthday bash on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend as the delta variant spreads among the nation’s unvaccinated, leading to the renewal of coronavirus safety protocols. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 The ultimate party pour, this equals 80 glasses—ideal for a big birthday bash or even a small wedding. Mike Desimone, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2022 During Devon’s birthday bash, as Mei and her best friends observe the scene from the rooftop, the Pixar ball is seen floating in the swimming pool. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bash


1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bash


origin unknown


noun derivative of bash entry 1

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\ ˈbash How to pronounce bash (audio) \
bashed; bashing

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