baste

1 of 3

verb (1)

basted; basting

transitive verb

: to sew with long loose stitches in order to hold something in place temporarily

baste

2 of 3

verb (2)

basted; basting

transitive verb

: to moisten (foods, especially meat) at intervals with a liquid (such as melted butter, fat, or pan drippings) especially during the cooking process to prevent drying and add flavor
baste a roast every half hour

baste

3 of 3

verb (3)

basted; basting

transitive verb

1
: to beat severely or soundly : thrash
2
: to scold vigorously : berate

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English basten, borrowed from Middle French bastir, going back to Old Low Franconian *bastjan, going back to Germanic, "to bind or weave with bast strips" (whence Middle Dutch besten "to tie up, fasten with loose stitches," Old High German, "to bind with bast, mend"), verbal derivative of *basta- bast

Verb (2)

Middle English baisten, of obscure origin

Verb (3)

probably from Old Norse beysta; akin to Old English bēatan to beat

First Known Use

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of baste was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Baste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baste. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

baste

1 of 2 verb
basted; basting
: to sew with long loose stitches so as to hold the work temporarily in place
baster noun

baste

2 of 2 verb
basted; basting
: to moisten with liquid (as melted fat or juices) while roasting
baster noun

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