Dictionary: BAS – BASZ

• BAS
n. c1450 obs. – a kiss
 
• BASACKWARDS
adv. E20 US colloq. & sl. – done the wrong way
 
• BASAL
adj. 1865 – fundamental
 
• BASALLY
adv. 1882 – as a basis, fundamentally
 
• BA-SANG!
int. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an exclamation of surprise 
 
• BASARE
n. c1375 obs. – an executioner
 
• BAS BLEU
n. 1801 obs. – a ‘blue-stocking” a literary lady
 
• BASCAL
n. 1931 Amer. dial. – a member of the Basque community; used as an affectionate nickname
 
• BASCAUDAL
adj. 1870 – pert. to a basket or basket-work
 
• BASCO
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a member of the Basque community; used as an affectionate nickname  
 
• BASE
adj. 1. 1393 arch. – low; of small height
adj. 2. c1440 obs. – occupying a low position; low-lying; of lower situation than neighbouring parts
adj. 3. 1490 arch. – low in the social scale, of lowly condition, plebeian; belonging to the ‘lower orders’
adj. 4. 1525 obs. – low, below it’s usual height
adj. 5. 1533 obs. – deep-coloured, dark
adj. 6. 1570-87 – illegitimate, bastard
adj. 7. 1599 obs. rare – of price: low, cheap
n. 1. c1440 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – bass, a fish
n. 2. 1544 obs. – the smallest kind of cannon used in the 16th-17th centuries; diameter of bore 1.25 in., weight 200 lb., weight of shot 0.5lb
n. 3. 1591 obs. – a bastard
n. 4. c1605 obs. – an apron
n. 5. 1611 obs. – bastardy; illegitimacy
n. 6. 1863 Amer. dial. – lines sung by the chorus in gospel singing
n. 7. 1967 Amer. dial. – the starting line in marble games 
n. 8. 1982 US drug culture sl. – basic cocaine from which the hydrochloride has been removed
n. 9. 2001 drug culture sl. – amphetamine 
vb. 1. c1375 obs. – to lower, to bring, cast, or lay down
vb. 2. 1538 obs. – to lower in rank, condition, or character; to debase, to humble, to depose, to degrade
vb. 3. 1581 obs. – to lessen in amount or value, to depreciate
vb. 4. 1970 African-American usage – to disparage or ridicule; to confront someone
vb. 5. 1987 US drug culture sl. – to smoke freebase cocaine
 
• BASEBALL BAT
n. 1999 Aust. sl. – the penis
 
• BASEBALL BUM
n. 1949 US sl. – in craps: the number nine
 
• BASEBALLER
n. 1. 1888 – one who plays baseball  
n. 2. 1992 US sl. – drug user who smokes freebase cocaine  
 
• BASEBALLING
n. 1970s US drug culture sl. – use of ‘free base,’ a form of pure cocaine  
 
• BASEBALLIST
n. 1868 – one who plays baseball  
 
• BASEBALL TEAM
n. 1987 US sl. – group of gambling cheats who work in casinos  
 
• BASE-BEGOTTEN
adj. 1793 Amer. dial. – born out of wedlock
 
• BASE-BEGOTTEN CHILD
n. 20C US colloq. – an illegitimate child  
 
• BASEBORN
adj. 1946 Amer. dial. – born out of wedlock
 
• BASE-CHILD
n. 1689 Eng. dial. – an illegitimate child  
 
• BASE CRAZIES
n. 1989 US drug culture sl. – obsessive searching behaviour for the smallest particle of cocaine or crack experienced by freebase cocaine users  
 
• BASED
adj. 1592 obs. – lowered
 
• BASE HEAD
n. 1986 US drug culture sl. – a regular smoker of freebase cocaine  
 
• BASEKEEPER
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – in various children’s games: “it”; the person who must chase or catch the other players
 
• BASEL
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to rush about; to run in a hurried and laborious manner  
 
• BASE LINE
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – the starting line in marble games
 
• BASELING
n. 1618 obs. rare – a base creature
 
• BASELY
adv. 1. c1500 obs. – in a low position, low down
adv. 2. 1562 obs. – in a low tone, softly, quietly
adv. 3. 1583 obs. – in humble rank of life; illegitimately
adv. 4. 1584 obs. – at small value or esteem, meanly; cheaply
 
• BASEMAN
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – in various children’s games: “it”; the person who must chase or catch the other players  
 
• BASEMENT
n. 1966 Amer. euphemism – a toilet room in a public school

• BASEMENTS
n. 1994 S. Afr. sl. – shoes
 
• BASENESS
n. 1. 1605 obs. – illegitimacy of birth
n. 2. 1609 obs. – lowness or feebleness in sound; deepness in tone
 
• BASER
n. 1. c1375 obs. – an executioner
n. 2. 1867 Amer. dial. – in gospel singing: a member of the chorus; also, lines sung by the chorus
n. 3. 1989 US drug culture sl. – a user of freebase cocaine
 
• BASERY
n. 1637 obs. rare – base dealing, dishonourable practice
 
• BASE-SON
n. 19C Eng. dial. – an illegitimate son
 
• BASES-OUT!
int. 1963 Amer. dial. – in marbles: a call for permission to kick one’s shooter away from an undesirable position such as being by a tree or a wall
 
• BASETRY
n. 1462 obs. – ambassadry; the mission of function of an ambassador
 
• BASH
adj. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – shy, bashful
adj. 2. 2002 UK sl. – exciting, lively, attractive
n. 1. 1805 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a heavy blow
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – a dint caused by a blow
n. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the palm of the hand
n. 4. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the front of the head of a bull or a pig
n. 5. 1948 sl. orig. US – a good time; a spree; a party
vb. 1. c1375 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – to destroy the confidence or self-possession of; to daunt, to dismay, to discomfit; to disconcert, to put out of countenance, to abash
vb. 2. c1460 obs. – to be ashamed or abashed
vb. 3. 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to hit, to beat, to strike, to crush, to smash
vb. 4. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to lose flesh, to become sickly, to fall off in appetite, etc.
 
• BASHAW
n. 1593 – a grandee; a haughty, imperious man
 
• BASH AWAY
vb. 1881 Eng. dial. – to work vigorously
 
• BASHED
adj. 1. c1440 obs. – abashed, disconcerted, dismayed
adj. 2. 1856 Eng. dial. – bruised, dinted
adj. 3. Bk2007 US sl. – drunk
 
• BASHEDNESS
n. c1440 obs. – abashment, bashfulness
 
• BASHER
n. 1. 1882 – one who gives, or strikes with, a smashing blow; a pugilist
n. 2. E20 Brit. sl. – a lecher, a fornicator
n. 3. 1940 Brit. sl., orig. services’ usage – someone with the stated duties, occupation, etc., as a ‘cookhouse basher’
n. 4. 1987 UK sl. – a shelter or shack made of cardboard, paper, plastic, etc., and lived in by a tramp or homeless person
 
• BASHFUL
adj. 1. 1552 obs. – wanting in self-possession, daunted, dismayed
adj. 2. 1559 obs. – exciting a feeling of shame
 
• BASHFULLY
adv. 1552 obs. – without self-possession; with misgiving or dismay
 
• BASHING
n. 1940 Brit. services’ sl. – arduous work, esp. of the specified sort
 
• BASHLESS
adj. 1578 obs. – unabashed, shameless, unblushing, bold
 
• BASHMENT
n. 1. c1325 obs. – confusion from surprise or sudden check; discomfiture, shame
n. 2. Bk2007 UK teen sl. – a party, a dance, a rave
 
• BASH-RAG
n. c1600 obs. rare –? a ragamuffin
 
• BASH SOMEONE’S EAR
vb. 1. 1940s sl., orig. Aust. & NZ – to talk incessantly  
vb. 2. 1940s sl., orig. Aust. & NZ – to subject to one’s opinions, grievances, etc.  
 
• BASH SOMEONE UP
vb. 1954 Brit. sl. – to hit repeatedly; to assault by hitting  
 
• BASH THE BISHOP
vb. L19 sl. – to masturbate  
 
• BASH THE CANDLE
vb. 1990s sl. – to masturbate  
 
• BASH THE LIVING MOSES OUT OF
vb. M19 sl. – to beat severely  
 
• BASH THE PRIEST
vb. L19 sl. – to masturbate
 
• BASH THE SPINE
vb. 1940s Aust. sl. – to idle, to waste time, to loaf around
 
• BASH THE STICK
vb. 1950s Aust. sl. – to masturbate
 
• BASH UP
vb. 1. 1920s sl., chiefly UK juvenile usage – to beat up, to thrash  
vb. 2. 1940s NZ sl. – to make, to create  
vb. 3. 1960s sl. – to hurt  
 
• BASHY
adj. 1. 1790 Eng. dial. – fat, swelled  
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – wet, rainy, muddy  
adj. 3. 1990s sl. – amazing, wonderful  
 
• BASIAL
adj. Bk1888 – pert. to kissing  
 
• BASIATE
vb. 1623 obs. – to kiss
 
• BASIATION
n. 1879 – kissing  
 
• BASIC
adj. 1970s sl. – unexciting, unexceptional, uneventful  
 
• BASIE
n. 1990s sl. – a baseball bat  
 
• BASIL
n. 1592 obs. – an ‘iron’ or fetter fastened round the ankle of a prisoner
 
• BASIL BRUSH
n. 1996 UK sl. – marijuana  
 
• BASILEAN
n. c1645 obs. rare – a Royalist
 
• BASILEIOLATRY
n. 1872 nonce word – king-worship  
 
• BASIL-HAMPERS
n. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a person of short stature, taking short steps, who proceeds slowly
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a female whose attire falls awkwardly round her feet
 
• BASILIC
adj. 1728 obs. rare – kingly, royal, sovereign
n. 1727-51 arch. – orig. a royal place; thence, a large oblong building or hall, with double colonnades and a semicircular apse at the end, used for a court of justice and place of public assembly
 
• BASILICA
n. 1541 – orig. a royal place; thence, a large oblong building or hall, with double colonnades and a semicircular apse at the end, used for a court of justice and place of public assembly
 
• BASILICAL
adj. 1652 – kingly, royal, regal  
 
• BASILICOCK
n. 1340 obs. – a fabulous reptile, also called a ‘cockatrice,’ alleged to be hatched by a serpent from a cock’s egg; ancient authors stated that its hissing drove away all other serpents, and that its breath and even its look was fatal; a basilisk
 
• BASILISCAN
adj. c1600 rare – pert. to a basilisk, as ‘basiliscan eyes’
 
• BASILISCINE
adj. 1855 rare – pert. to a basilisk
 
• BASILISCO-PROOF
adj. 1649 – proof against eyes, even those of a basilisk; unabashed, shameless  
 
• BASILISK
n. 1. a1300 – a fabulous reptile, also called a ‘cockatrice,’ alleged to be hatched by a serpent from a cock’s egg; ancient authors stated that its hissing drove away all other serpents, and that its breath and even its look was fatal 
n. 2. 1577 – a large cannon, generally made of brass, and throwing a shot of about 200 pounds weight  
 
• BASILISKIAN
adj. 1828 – pert. to a basilisk
 
• BASIMECU!
int. 17C Brit. – kiss my ass! (French ‘baise mon cul’)
 
• BASIN
n. 1. c1300 obs. – a helmet
n. 2. 1662 obs. – the hollow part of a plate or dish
 
• BASIN CROP
n. World War II Amer. sl. – a close haircut  
 
• BASING
n. 1. c1325 obs. rare – foundation, base
n. 2. 1581 obs. – abasing, debasement
 
• BASIS
n. 1. 1571 arch. – the bottom of anything, considered as the part on which it rests or is supported; the foundation, base, foot  
n. 2. 1601 obs. – a pedestal
n. 3. 1677 obs. – the base of a pillar
 
• BASK
adj. 1. c1200 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – bitter, acrid, ungrateful or irritating to the senses
adj. 2. 1864 Sc. & Eng. dial. – of fruit: sharp, bitter, rough to the taste
adj. 3. 1893 Sc. – of weather: very dry
vb. 1. 1393 obs. – to bathe, esp. in warm water or liquid; hence, to be suffused with, or swim in, blood, etc.
vb. 2. 1878 Eng. dial. – to beat severely
vb. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to cough asthmatically
vb. 4. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to parch, to shrivel with heat
 
• BASKE
vb. 1642 obs. – to strike with a bruising blow
 
• BASKED
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – parched, dry
 
• BASKET
n. 1. 1895 Eng. dial. – the stomach
n. 2. 20C US sl. – the female genitals
n. 3. 1903 Amer. dial. – a leaky vessel
n. 4. 1936 sl., euphemism of ‘bastard’ – an unpleasant or despicable person, usually male
n. 5. M20 US homosexual sl. – the male genitals considered as a package; the bulging of the genitals when contained in any garment constructed like an athletic supporter
n. 6. 1975 Amer. dial. – a person who can’t keep a secret
vb. 1867 – to reject as unsuitable
 
• BASKET BUGGY
n. 1863 Amer. dial. – a horse-drawn vehicle with a wicker body
 
• BASKET CARRIAGE
n. 1863 Amer. dial. – a horse-drawn vehicle with a wicker body
 
• BASKET CASE
n. 1919 sl., orig. US military – someone who has lost all four limbs
 
• BASKET DAYS
n. M20 US homosexual sl. – warm weather when clothing revealing the outline of the male genitals is likely to be worn
 
• BASKETED
adj. 1. L18 sl. – abandoned, ignored, misunderstood, confused
adj. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – dead and buried
 
• BASKETEER
n. 1866 nonce word – a passenger in the ‘basket’ of a stage-coach (basket – the overhanging back compartment on the outside of a stage-coach)
 
• BASKET FOR DAYS
phr. M20 US homosexual sl. – a catch phrase describing large male genitals
 
• BASKET-FORTUNE
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a small fortune
 
• BASKETLE
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a basketful
 
• BASKET-MAKER
n. L18 sl. – the vagina; hence, a woman in a sexual context
 
• BASKET-MAKING
n. L18 Brit. sl. – copulation
 
• BASKET MAN
n. 1930s US criminals’ sl. – a graft collector for a criminal gang  
 
• BASKET NAME
n. 1949 Amer. dial. – a nickname given to a child at birth
 
• BASKET OF ORANGES
n. L19 sl., orig. Aust. – an attractive woman  
 
• BASKET PARTY
n. 1970s US homosexual sl. – a man with large genitals  
 
• BASKET PHAETON
n. 1863 Amer. dial. – a horse-drawn vehicle with a wicker body
 
• BASKET PICNIC
n. 1940s homosexual sl. – staring at other men’s genitals while wandering the streets
 
• BASKET-SCRAMBLER
n. 1647 obs. – one who scrambles for the dole from a basket, i.e. who lives on charity
 
• BASKET WAGON
n. 1863 Amer. dial. – a horse-drawn vehicle with a wicker body
 
• BASKING
n. 1. 1642 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – a beating, a thrashing, flagellation
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a drenching in a heavy shower
 
• BASON-CROP
n. 1648 Eng. dial. – the method of cutting the hair all round alike
 
• BASS
adj. c1450 obs. – low in sound, barely audible, soft
n. c1450 obs. – a kiss
vb. c1500 obs. – to kiss
 
• BASS-ACKARD(S)
adv. 1931 Amer. colloq. – backwards; in reversed position or confused order
 
• BASS-ACKWARD(S)
adv. 1930 Amer. colloq. – backwards; in reversed position or confused order; head over heels
 
• BASSADE
n. c1532 obs. – the mission or function of an ambassador; an ambassador and his suite
 
• BASSALON
n. 1952 Amer. dial. – a ragged man
 
• BASSAND
adj. 1725 Sc. – of animals: having a white spot or streak on the face  
 
• BASSATOUR
n. c1400 obs. – an ambassador
 
• BASSE
n. c1450 obs. – a kiss
vb. c1500 obs. – to kiss

• BASSED
adj. 1. 2003 Black British sl. – beaten up
adj. 2. Bk2007 UK sl. – baffled, confused, incapable
 
• BASSER
n. 1552 obs. – a kisser
 
• BASSET
n. 1458 obs. – the mission or function of an ambassador; an ambassador and his suite
 
• BASSIE
n. 1. 1789 Sc. – an old horse  
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – a horse or cow having a white strip or patch on the face  
 
• BASSING
n. 1552 obs. – kissing
 
• BASSOCK
vb. 1889 Eng. dial. – to beat, to thrash soundly  
 
• BASSOCKING
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a beating, a thrashing  
 
• BAST
adj. c1330 obs. – bastard, illegitimate  
n. 1. 1297 obs. – bastardy, illegitimacy  
n. 2. 1894 – sanctuary, refuge, asylum  
 
• BASTA!
int. 1596 obs. – enough! no more!  
 
• BASTANT
adj. 1637 obs. – sufficient, able, capable
 
• BASTARD
adj. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – of a child: puny, small, ill-formed 
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – of trees: female
n. 1. 13C – a child born of unlawful sexual intercourse; a child conceived in haste, as on a bed-roll
n. 2. 1830 Eng. dial. – a term of reproach for a mischievous or worthless boy
n. 3. 1830 sl. – an unpleasant or despicable person, usually male
n. 4. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a gelding
n. 5. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an ill-thriven tree or shrub
n. 6. 1938 sl. – something unpleasant or undesirable
vb. 1. 1549 – to declare or stigmatize as a bastard; to render illegitimate
vb. 2. Bk1888 obs. – to beget a bastard
 
• BASTARD BREAD
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – bread made with half meal and half flour
 
• BASTARDED
adj. 1579 obs. – illegitimate, unfathered
 
• BASTARDICE
n. 1579 obs. – illegitimacy; falsity
 
• BASTARDING
n. 1. 1563 obs. – the act of declaring a child illegitimate
n. 2. 1677 obs. – the begetting of a bastard
 
• BASTARDISE
n. 1579 obs. – illegitimacy; falsity
 
• BASTARDISM
n. 1589 – illegitimacy
 
• BASTARDIZE
vb. 1. 1587 – to make degenerate, to deteriorate, to debase
vb. 2. 1605 obs. rare – to beget a bastard
vb. 3. 1611 – to declare or stigmatize as bastard
 
• BASTARDLINESS
n. 1656 obs. rare – bastardly or illegitimate quality
 
• BASTARDLY
adj. 1. 1552 obs. – of bastard sort; mongrel, base-born  
adj. 2. 1586 obs. – unlicensed, unauthorized; counterfeit, spurious
adj. 3. 1587 obs. – degenerate, debased, corrupt
 
• BASTARDRY
n. 1483 obs. – illegitimacy
vb. 1644 obs. – to declare illegitimate
 
BASTARDY
n. 1. 1292 – the condition of a bastard; illegitimate birth
n. 2. 1577 – begetting of bastards, fornication
n. 3. 1599 obs. – bastards collectively, bastard brood
 
• BASTE
n. 1861 Eng. dial. – a blow
vb. 1. 1533 – to hit repeatedly, to assault by hitting, to beat soundly, to thrash, to flog, to cudgel
vb. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to conquer, to overcome
 
• BASTE A PERSON’S BACON
vb. B1900 – to strike or thrash him
 
• BASTED
adj. 1. E20 US sl. – intoxicated with alcohol
adj. 2. M20 US drug culture sl. – drug intoxicated
 
• BASTER
n. 1. 1726 – a stick or cudgel; a heavy blow  
n. 2. c1900 Amer. dial. – something remarkably large for its type
 
• BASTERLY-GULLION
n. 1790 Eng. dial. obs. – the illegitimate child of one who is himself illegitimate
 
• BASTI
n. 1913 – a refugee  
 
• BASTICK
n. 1842 Eng. dial. – a basket
 
• BASTILE
n. 1859 Eng. dial. – the workhouse
 
• BASTILLE
n. 1. 1790 – a prison
n. 2. 1859 Eng. dial. – the workhouse
vb. 1. 1480 obs. – to fortify a castle
vb. 2. 1742 – to confine in a bastille; to imprison
 
• BASTIMENT
n. 1. 1598 obs. – military supplies, stores, provisions
n. 2. 1679 obs. – a building, a wall
n. 3. 1740 obs. – a ship, a vessel
 
• BASTINADE
n. 1. 1660 arch. – an Eastern method of corporal punishment by beating with a stick the soles of the culprit’s feet
n. 2. 1660 arch. – a blow with a stick or cudgel; a whack or thwack; esp. one upon the soles of the feet
n. 3. 1660 arch. – a beating with a stick; a cudgelling
vb. 1601 arch. – to thrash or thwack with a stick, esp. on the soles of the feet
 
• BASTINADO
n. 1. 1577 arch. – a blow with a stick or cudgel; a whack or thwack; esp. one upon the soles of the feet
n. 2. 1594 arch. – a beating with a stick; a cudgelling
n. 3. 1598 – a stick, staff, rod, cudgel, truncheon
n. 4. 1726 – an Eastern method of corporal punishment by beating with a stick the soles of the culprit’s feet
vb. 1. 1614 arch. – to beat with a stick; to thrash, to thwack
vb. 2. 1688 – to beat or cane on the soles of the feet
 
• BASTINADOING
n. 1614 – cudgelling, thrashing; esp. on the soles of the feet  
 
• BASTING
n. 1590 – a cudgelling, a beating, a thrashing  
 
• BASTING BIG
adv. 1900 Amer. dial. – very big; exceptionally large
 
• BASTISH
adj. Bk1898 Sc. – of persons: obstinate  
 
• BASTO
n. 1881 Amer. dial. – the skirt of a saddle; also, the leather lining of a saddle
 
• BASTON
n. 1. a1300 obs. – a staff or stick used as a weapon or a staff of office; a cudgel, a club, a truncheon
n. 2. a1300 obs. – a stanza, or verse
n. 3. 1593 obs. – in cards: a club
vb. 1593 obs. – to beat with a staff or cudgel
 
• BASTONADE
n. 1. 1660 arch. – a blow with a stick or cudgel; a whack or thwack; esp. one upon the soles of the feet
n. 2. 1660 arch. – a beating with a stick; a cudgelling
n. 3. 1660 arch. – an Eastern method of corporal punishment by beating with a stick the soles of the culprit’s feet
vb. 1601 arch. – to thrash or thwack with a stick, esp. on the soles of the feet  
 
• BASTONATE
vb. 1604 obs. rare – to beat with a staff or cudgel
 
• BASTOUS
adj. Bk1898 Sc. – of persons: obstinate  
 
• BASTRICH
n. 20C US sl. – a curse and a nickname for a despised person
 
• BASTY
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – of weather: droughty and ungenial  
 
• BASUCO
n. 1984 US drug culture sl. – coca paste, the basic ingredient in the manufacturing process of cocaine; hence, cocaine 


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