Word of the Day: BA

for the verb: probably a nursery or jocular word, imitating the action of the lips in an infant’s kiss; 
Old French has baerbeer (to open the mouth, to gape);
also, possibly a contracted form of basse (to kiss)

EXAMPLE (for verb)
“…Thanne wolde I seye, “Goode lief, taak keep
How meekly looketh Wilkyn, oure sheep!
Com neer, my spouse, let me ba thy cheke!
Ye sholde been al pacient and meeke

From: The Wife of Bath’s Prologue
By Geoffrey Chaucer, c1386

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