Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Baddish adjective Somewhat bad; inferior. Jeffrey.

Bade (băd). A form of the past tense of Bid .

Badge noun [ Late Latin bagea , bagia , sign, probably of German origin; confer Anglo-Saxon beág , beáh , bracelet, collar, crown, Old Saxon bōg- in comp., Anglo-Saxon būgan to bow, bend, G. biegen . See Bow to bend.]
1. A distinctive mark, token, sign, or cognizance, worn on the person; as, the badge of a society; the badge of a policeman. "Tax gatherers, recognized by their official badges ." Prescott.

2. Something characteristic; a mark; a token.

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge .
Shak.

3. (Nautical) A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.

Badge transitive verb To mark or distinguish with a badge.

Badgeless adjective Having no badge. Bp. Hall.

Badger noun [ Of uncertain origin; perhaps from an old verb badge to lay up provisions to sell again.] An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place and sold it in another. [ Now dialectic, Eng.]

Badger noun [ Middle English bageard , probably from badge + -ard , in reference to the white mark on its forehead. See Badge , noun ]
1. A carnivorous quadruped of the genus Meles or of an allied genus. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. One species ( M. vulgaris ), called also brock , inhabits the north of Europe and Asia; another species ( Taxidea Americana or Labradorica ) inhabits the northern parts of North America. See Teledu .

2. A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists.

Badger dog . (Zoology) See Dachshund .

Badger transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Badgered ; present participle & verbal noun Badgering .] [ For sense 1, see 2d Badger ; for 2, see 1st Badger .]
1. To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently.

2. To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain.

Badger game The method of blackmailing by decoying a person into a compromising situation and extorting money by threats of exposure. [ Cant]

Badger State Wisconsin; -- a nickname.

Badger-legged adjective Having legs of unequal length, as the badger was thought to have. Shak.

Badgerer noun
1. One who badgers.

2. A kind of dog used in badger baiting.

Badgering noun
1. The act of one who badgers.

2. The practice of buying wheat and other kinds of food in one place and selling them in another for a profit. [ Prov. Eng.]

Badiaga (băd`ĭā"gȧ or bȧd*yä"gȧ) noun [ Russian badiaga .] (Zoology) A fresh-water sponge (Spongilla) , common in the north of Europe, the powder of which is used to take away the livid marks of bruises.

Badian noun [ French badiane , from Persian bādiān anise.] (Botany) An evergreen Chinese shrub of the Magnolia family ( Illicium anisatum ), and its aromatic seeds; Chinese anise; star anise.

Badigeon (bȧ*dĭj"ŭn) noun [ French] A cement or paste (as of plaster and freestone, or of sawdust and glue or lime) used by sculptors, builders, and workers in wood or stone, to fill holes, cover defects, or finish a surface.

Badinage noun [ French, from badiner to joke, Old French to trifle, be silly, from badin silly.] Playful raillery; banter. "He . . . indulged himself only in an elegant badinage ." Warburton.

Badly adverb In a bad manner; poorly; not well; unskillfully; imperfectly; unfortunately; grievously; so as to cause harm; disagreeably; seriously.

» Badly is often used colloquially for very much or very greatly , with words signifying to want or need .

Badminton noun [ From the name of the seat of the Duke of Beaufort in England.]
1. A game, similar to lawn tennis, played with shuttlecocks.

2. A preparation of claret, spiced and sweetened.

Badness noun The state of being bad.

Baff (băf) noun A blow; a stroke. [ Scot.] H. Miller.

Baff (băf) transitive verb & i. [ Scot., probably imitative; confer German baff , interj. imitating the sound of a shot.] To strike; to beat; to make a baff. [ Scot. or Golf]

Baff noun A blow; stroke; thud ; specif. (Golf) , a stroke in which the sole of the club hits the ground and drives the ball aloft. [ Scot. or Golf]

Baffle (băf"f'l) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Baffled (-f'ld); present participle & verbal noun Baffling (-flĭng).] [ Confer Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icelandic bāgr uneasy, poor, or bāgr , noun , struggle, bægja to push, treat harshly, Old French beffler , beffer , to mock, deceive, dial. German bäppe mouth, beffen to bark, chide.]


1. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight. [ Obsolete]

He by the heels him hung upon a tree,
And baffled so, that all which passed by
The picture of his punishment might see.
Spenser.

2. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.

The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim.
Cowper.

3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart. "A baffled purpose." De Quincey.

A suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them all.
South.

Calculations so difficult as to have baffled , until within a . . . recent period, the most enlightened nations.
Prescott.

The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle us.
Locke.

Baffling wind (Nautical) , one that frequently shifts from one point to another.

Syn. -- To balk; thwart; foil; frustrate; defeat.

Baffle intransitive verb
1. To practice deceit. [ Obsolete] Barrow.

2. To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds. [ R.]

Baffle noun A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. [ R.] "A baffle to philosophy." South.

Baffle noun
1. (Engineering) (a) A deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and deflect them against the substance to be heated. (b) A grating or plate across a channel or pipe conveying water, gas, or the like, by which the flow is rendered more uniform in different parts of the cross section of the stream; -- used in measuring the rate of flow, as by means of a weir.

2. (Coal Mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine. [ Local, U. S.]

Bafflement (băf"f'l*m e nt) noun The process or act of baffling, or of being baffled; frustration; check.

Baffler (băf"flẽr) noun One who, or that which, baffles.

Baffling (băf"flĭng) adjective Frustrating; discomfiting; disconcerting; as, baffling currents, winds, tasks. -- Baff"ling*ly , adverb -- Baff"ling*ness , noun

Baffy (bȧf"ȳ) noun [ See Baff , transitive verb ] (Golf) A short wooden club having a deeply concave face, seldom used.

Baft (băft). noun Same as Bafta .

Bafta (băf"tȧ) noun [ Confer Persian baft woven, wrought.] A coarse stuff, usually of cotton, originally made in India. Also, an imitation of this fabric made for export.

Bag (băg) noun [ Middle English bagge ; confer Icelandic baggi , and also Old French bague , bundle, Late Latin baga .]
1. A sack or pouch, used for holding anything; as, a bag of meal or of money.

2. A sac, or dependent gland, in animal bodies, containing some fluid or other substance; as, the bag of poison in the mouth of some serpents; the bag of a cow.

3. A sort of silken purse formerly tied about men's hair behind, by way of ornament. [ Obsolete]

4. The quantity of game bagged.

5. (Com.) A certain quantity of a commodity, such as it is customary to carry to market in a sack; as, a bag of pepper or hops; a bag of coffee.

Bag and baggage , all that belongs to one. -- To give one the bag , to disappoint him. [ Obsolete] Bunyan.

Bag transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bagged (băgd); present participle & verbal noun Bagging ]
1. To put into a bag; as, to bag hops.

2. To seize, capture, or entrap; as, to bag an army; to bag game.

3. To furnish or load with a bag or with a well filled bag.

A bee bagged with his honeyed venom.
Dryden.

Bag intransitive verb
1. To swell or hang down like a full bag; as, the skin bags from containing morbid matter.

2. To swell with arrogance. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

3. To become pregnant. [ Obsolete] Warner. (Alb. Eng.).

Bag net (nĕt`). A bag-shaped net for catching fish.

Bagasse noun [ French] Sugar cane, as it comes crushed from the mill. It is then dried and used as fuel. Also extended to the refuse of beetroot sugar.

Bagatelle (băg`ȧ*tĕl") noun [ French, from Italian bagatella ; confer Prov. Italian bagata trifle, Old French bague , Pr. bagua , bundle. See Bag , noun ]
1. A trifle; a thing of no importance.

Rich trifles, serious bagatelles .
Prior.

2. A game played on an oblong board, having, at one end, cups or arches into or through which balls are to be driven by a rod held in the hand of the player.

Baggage (băg"gaj) noun [ French bagage , from Old French bague bundle. In senses 6 and 7 confer French bagasse a prostitute. See Bag , noun ]
1. The clothes, tents, utensils, and provisions of an army.

» "The term itself is made to apply chiefly to articles of clothing and to small personal effects." Farrow.

2. The trunks, valises, satchels, etc., which a traveler carries with him on a journey; luggage.

The baronet's baggage on the roof of the coach.
Thackeray.

We saw our baggage following below.
Johnson.

» The English usually call this luggage .

3. Purulent matter. [ Obsolete] Barrough.

4. Trashy talk. [ Obsolete] Ascham.

5. A man of bad character. [ Obsolete] Holland.

6. A woman of loose morals; a prostitute.

A disreputable, daring, laughing, painted French baggage .
Thackeray.

7. A romping, saucy girl. [ Playful] Goldsmith.

Baggage master One who has charge of the baggage at a railway station or upon a line of public travel. [ U.S.]

Baggager noun One who takes care of baggage; a camp follower. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Raleigh.

Baggala noun [ Arabic "fem. of baghl a mule." Balfour .] (Nautical) A two-masted Arab or Indian trading vessel, used in the Indian Ocean.

Baggily adverb In a loose, baggy way.