What does baited mean?

Tricked by misleading information

Baited is when a person gets tricked by misleading information, such as clickbait, similar to when a fish gets fooled by bait on a hook. For example, you might share misinformation with a friend about your favorite athlete leaving for a different team, and your friend replies, "That's not true. He re-signed with the team an hour ago. You got baited, bro."

Most people get baited online, specifically on social sites like Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, where many parody accounts impersonate authority accounts to gain followers and trick them. People may also get baited in DMs, emails, and forums sometimes (although moderators often protect against this).

While baiting often happens online, you might also get baited in many ways in real life (IRL). For example, you may sign a car lease with hidden fees, sign up for a deceiving time-share, or agree to credit card terms with a high-interest rate that begins after the first year.


A parody celebrity account baited my mom on Facebook
What happened?
She thinks Tom Cruise is giving up acting to retire with the Amish
Haha, yikes.
Tweet about a dad getting baited by a parody ESPN account
Tweet about a dad getting baited by a parody ESPN account
Tweet confessing how a son baited his dad
Tweet confessing how a son baited his dad

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Updated March 8, 2023

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