From Old Norse baðask (“to take a bath”, literally “to bathe oneself”), mediopassive form from underlying baða (“to bathe”) + sik (“oneself”), from Proto-Germanic *baþōną and *sek. Doublet of English bathe.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bäsk IPA(key): /bɑːsk/
- (General American) enPR: băsk IPA(key): /bæsk/
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- Homophones: Basque, basque (in some dialects)
- Rhymes: -æsk, -ɑːsk
- To bathe in warmth; to be exposed to pleasant heat.
- to bask in the sun
- 1764 December 19 (indicated as 1765), Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller, or A Prospect of Society. A Poem. […], London: […] J[ohn] Newbery, […], →OCLC, page 5:
- The naked Negro, panting at the line, / Baſks in the glare, or ſtems the tepid wave, / And thanks his Gods for all the good they gave.
- 2021 October 20, Paul Stephen, “Leisure and Pleasure on the Far North Line”, in RAIL, number 942, page 48:
- There will be no problems with visibility, or the highly changeable Highland weather, as Scotland basks in what is reported to be the country's hottest September day for more than a century.
- (figurative) To take great pleasure or satisfaction; to feel warmth or happiness. (Usually followed by "in".)
- I basked in her love.
- to bask in someone's favour
- 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, in New York Times:
- As President Obama turns his attention once again to filling out a cabinet and writing an Inaugural Address, this much is clear: he should not expect to bask in a surge of national unity, or to witness a crowd of millions overrun the Mall just to say they were there.
- 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
- On this evidence they will certainly face tougher tests, as a depleted Newcastle side seemed to bask in the relative security of being ninth in the table
- (countable, collective) A group of crocodiles; the collective noun for crocodiles.
- 2020 March, “COVID-19 threatens health systems in sub-Saharan Africa: the eye of the crocodile”, in Journal of Clinical Investigation, volume 130, number 6, page 2741:
- The threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to health systems in subSaharan Africa (SSA) can be compared metaphorically to a lake in Africa infested with a bask of crocodiles and the saying “the eye of the crocodile.”
From Proto-Iranian *baHjúš (“arm”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *bʰaHȷ́ʰúš, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵʰús. Compare Baluchi باسک (básk), Old Armenian բազուկ (bazuk), Parthian 𐫁𐫀𐫉𐫇𐫃 (bʾzwg /bāzūg/).
|Central Kurdish||باسک (bask)|
|Southern Kurdish||بازوو (bazû)|
- Chyet, Michael L. (2003), “bask”, in Kurdish–English Dictionary, with selected etymologies by Martin Schwartz, New Haven and London: Yale University Press
- Basque; member of people
|Declension of bask|