Main definitions of bach in English

: bach1bach2

bach1

noun

Welsh
  • Used as a term of endearment, often after a personal name.

    ‘Thomas bach, you are looking tired’

Origin

Welsh, literally ‘little’.

Pronunciation

bach

/bax/

Main definitions of bach in English

: bach1bach2

bach2

verb

[NO OBJECT]Australian, NZ
informal
  • (especially of a man) live alone and do one's own cooking and housekeeping.

    ‘Baldy bached in a hut down the road a bit’
    • ‘Keith refers to their time in the house as ‘baching’, although he was only 16-and-a-half at the time.’
    • ‘At first Joe bached in an old house on the farm, but later built a new house doing most of the building himself.’
    • ‘It must have been the first Saturday that we were left ‘baching‘.’

noun

NZ
informal
  • A small holiday house.

    • ‘The seaside baches have become a lot bigger and more posh in the last 50 years than they used to be, and cost a lot more to buy.’
    • ‘I have also heard, and certainly saw on our boat trip in, that there are many privately owned baches which can be rented.’
    • ‘Removal of the baches was required under the North Canterbury Conservation Board's 1998 plan for the reserve.’
    • ‘He spent all his time at the bach out on the deck or in the house reading, except when they entertained.’
    • ‘Boatsheds were built along the lake edge at Kerr Bay and baches were built among the beech trees on the slopes above the bay.’

Origin

Late 19th century (as a verb): abbreviation of bachelor.

Pronunciation

bach

/batʃ/