βάπτισμα [6 verses](noun sg neut nom/acc) "Baptism" is baptisma, which is only in the New Testament and means "baptism. - - The Greek noun for "baptism" appears for the first time in the NT. However, it comes from a Greek verb that means to "dip" or "to plunge" and was used for many different ideas ranging a town being "flooded to a person being "drown" and from someone being "over their heads" in debt to "getting in deep water."