from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To strike with a heavy, crushing blow: The thug bashed the hood of the car with a sledgehammer.
  • transitive v. To beat or assault severely: The police arrested the men who bashed an immigrant in the park.
  • transitive v. Informal To criticize (another) harshly, accusatorially, and threateningly: "He bashed the . . . government unmercifully over the . . . spy affair” ( Lally Weymouth).
  • intransitive v. Informal To engage in harsh, accusatory, threatening criticism.
  • n. Informal A heavy, crushing blow.
  • n. Slang A celebration; a party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To strike heavily.
  • v. To collide.
  • v. To criticize harshly.
  • n. A large party; gala event.
  • n. An attack that consists of placing all one's weight into a downward attack with one's fists.
  • v. To abash; to disconcert or be disconcerted or put out of countenance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a forceful blow, especially one that does damage to its target.
  • n. a elaborate or lively social gathering or party.
  • v. To abash; to disconcert or be disconcerted or put out of countenance.
  • transitive v. To strike heavily; to beat; to crush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike with a heavy blow; beat violently; knock out of shape.
  • To strike; knock.
  • To daunt; dismay; abash; confound; confuse.
  • To be daunted, dismayed, or confounded.
  • To be abashed or ashamed; be put out of countenance.
  • In coal-mining, to fill with rubbish (space from which coal has been taken).
  • n. A blow that knocks out of shape, or leaves a dent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an uproarious party
  • n. a vigorous blow
  • v. hit hard


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse, akin to Swedish basa 'to baste, whip, lash, flog', Danish baske 'to beat, strike, cudgel', German patschen ("to slap"). (Wiktionary)
Old English baschen, baissen. See abash. (Wiktionary)



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