Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of base, in various senses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete See base.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rare A blow; a drubbing.
  • noun Obsolete form of base.
  • adjective Obsolete form of base.
  • verb Obsolete form of base.

Etymologies

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From dialectal English (compare Old Scots bais, base ("to beat soundly")), probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish bas ("a beating, flogging"), Swedish basa ("to beat, flog"), Danish bask ("a lash, blow"), Danish baske ("to beat, strike, flap"). Cognate with Scots baiss ("to beat, drub"). More at bash, box.

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