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[bich-ee] /ˈbɪtʃ i/
adjective, bitchier, bitchiest. Slang.
characteristic of a bitch; spiteful; malicious.
Origin of bitchy
First recorded in 1925-30; bitch + -y1
Related forms
bitchily, adverb
bitchiness, noun
hateful, mean, vicious, malevolent, invidious. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bitchiness


adjective bitchier, bitchiest
(informal) characteristic of or behaving like a bitch; malicious; snide: a bitchy put-down
Derived Forms
bitchily, adverb
bitchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bitchiness



1925, U.S. slang, "sexually provocative;" later (1930s) "spiteful, catty, bad-tempered" (usually of females); from bitch + -y (2). Earlier in reference to male dogs though to look less rough or coarse than usual.

Mr. Ramsay says we would now call the old dogs "bitchy" in face. That is because the Englishmen have gone in for the wrong sort of forefaces in their dogs, beginning with the days when Meersbrook Bristles and his type swept the judges off their feet and whiskers and an exaggerated face were called for in other varieties of terriers besides the wire haired fox. [James Watson, "The Dog Book," New York, 1906]
Related: Bitchily; bitchiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bitchiness



  1. Having the traits of a bitch; mean; nasty; vindictive (1930s+)
  2. Good-looking; chic; classy (1930s+)
  3. Sexually provocative: two bitchy strip queens (1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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