- a female dog: The bitch won first place in the sporting dogs category.
- a female of canines generally.
- a malicious, unpleasant, selfish person, especially a woman.
- a lewd woman.
- Disparaging and Offensive.any woman.
- Slang. a person who is submissive or subservient to someone, usually in a humiliating way: Tom is so her bitch—he never questions what she decides.
- a man who willingly or unwillingly submits to the will and control of a dominant partner in a sexual relationship, especially with another man, as in prison bitch: Watch out, or your cellmate will make you his prison bitch.
- a gay man who assumes the passive or female role in a sexual relationship.
- a complaint.See also bitch session.
- anything difficult or unpleasant: That test was a real bitch.
- anything memorable, especially something exceptionally good: You threw one bitch of a party last night.
- Slang. to complain; gripe: They bitched about the service, then about the bill.
- Slang. to spoil; bungle (sometimes followed by up): He bitched the job completely. You really bitched up this math problem.
- sit/ride bitch, to sit uncomfortably between two others in the middle of the front or back seat of a car, particularly one with a raised section in the middle resulting in being forced to bring one's knees up in a bent position: When I was young, I was the smallest, so I was always stuck sitting bitch. Please don't make me ride bitch again!
Origin of bitch
But language keeps evolving, and bitch can now also be applied to a man, to a complaint, and to any difficult or unpleasant thing or situation. Used as a verb, we can talk about complaining (“bitching and moaning”), or bungling things (“bitching something up”), or riding in an uncomfortable position in a car (“sitting bitch”). When used in any of these ways, it's more slang than vulgarity, more colorful interjection than cause for offense. In fact, bitch has been reclaimed by some women as a self-referential term of empowerment. Nevertheless, care must be taken—there is a big difference between bitching about a woman and calling her a bitch! (Though it's O.K. to call her female dog that.)
— The BITCH Manifesto: Classic feminist article (1970) written by Jo Freeman under the pen name Joreen. It reclaimed the word “bitch” as a term of empowerment rather than one of abuse.
— Bitch: A feminist magazine commenting on popular culture and media, founded in 1996.
—Bitch: The stage name of a politically outspoken female rock vocalist/violinist and actress.
— Skinny Bitch: A diet book (2005) written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.
— No One's the Bitch: A book (2009), website, and forum that supports mother and stepmother relationships. Started by Jennifer Newcomb Marine and Carol Marine.
—Stitch 'n Bitch: A network of groups of people who knit and crochet.
- "The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse as they would have drowned a bitch's blind puppies."-Falstaff William Shakespeare Merry Wives of Windsor, act III, scene V (1602)
- "We're all nervous as a wolf bitch in heat."-Paul Engle ed. H. J. Duteil The Last Whiskey Cup The Great American Parade (1935)
- "He's my bitch, and when he says my name, we just sell that many more records."-David Lee Roth, talking about Sammy Hagar Ian Christe Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga (2007)
- "I liked the idea of having me a kept senator. You might say he's my bitch."-Stanford Diehl Angel in the Front Room, Devil Out Back (2001)
- "Sometimes you just have to stop and bitch about the roses."-Man to woman, in a cartoon by Christopher Weyant The New Yorker (December 20, 2004)
Examples from the Web for bitch
The teens also taunted the mother, who was wearing a turban, calling her a “Bitch with facial hair.”New York’s Sikhs Need Their Own Al Sharpton
August 8, 2014
BITCH IMMA STILL TURN UP… IMMA HAVE U NI**AS WIT NIGHTMARES…BOSS KIRAH LIVES TOOKAVILLE.Chicago’s Gun-Toting Gang Girl: ‘Lil Snoop’
April 29, 2014
According to their correspondence, Steenkamp objected to him playing "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" on the car radio earlier that day.Pistorius Tries to Dodge Incriminating Details
April 10, 2014
Fox News producers nicknamed the Palins “The Bitch” and “The Eskimo.”Speed Read: 25 Extraordinary Roger Ailes Revelations From ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’
January 14, 2014
Videos from the venue circulated online showed a disgruntled crowd crying "Bitch!"Madonna Caves in French Swastika Kerfuffle
August 22, 2012
- a female dog or other female canine animal, such as a wolf
- offensive, slang a malicious, spiteful, or coarse woman
- slang a complaint
- slang a difficult situation or problem
- slang a person who acts as a subordinate or slave to another person
- (intr) to complain; grumble
- to behave (towards) in a spiteful or malicious manner
- (tr, often foll by up) to botch; bungle
Word Origin and History for bitch
Old English bicce "female dog," probably from Old Norse bikkjuna "female of the dog" (also fox, wolf, and occasionally other beasts), of unknown origin. Grimm derives the Old Norse word from Lapp pittja, but OED notes that "the converse is equally possible." As a term of contempt applied to women, it dates from c.1400; of a man, c.1500, playfully, in the sense of "dog." Used among male homosexuals from 1930s. In modern (1990s, originally black English) slang, its use with reference to a man is sexually contemptuous, from the "woman" insult.
BITCH. A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]
Bitch goddess coined 1906 by William James; the original one was success.
"to complain," attested at least from 1930, perhaps from the sense in bitchy, perhaps influenced by the verb meaning "to bungle, spoil," which is recorded from 1823. But bitched in this sense seems to echo Middle English bicched "cursed, bad," a general term of opprobrium (e.g. Chaucer's bicched bones "unlucky dice"), which despite the hesitation of OED, seems to be a derivative of bitch (n.).