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[bahy-ter] /ˈbaɪ tər/
a person or animal that bites, especially habitually or viciously:
That dog is a biter.
Chiefly Chesapeake Bay. the larger claw of a crab.
Obsolete. a cheat; swindler; fraud.
Origin of biter
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at bite, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ugly as the situation is, I like to think of this biting of the biter.

  • It certainly was a narrow escape, and it may be said that the “biter was nearly bit.”

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • The “boxer,” the “biter,” the “hugger,” are the most conspicuous.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • It's biter bit, and I don't pity you one mossel; it sarves you right.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • Was he not avenged on the highwayman at last, seeing that the biter was bitten!

  • Here is the biter bit, and it were to be more than human not to smile!

    Garden-Craft Old and New John D. Sedding
  • Like many outspoken people, he passed for a barker and not a biter.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • Indras, as an ant, is the wounder, the biter of the serpent.

    Zoological Mythology (Volume II) Angelo de Gubernatis
  • So while he stood there and watched, biter went for the water.

    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures Howard R. Garis
  • Thus are the poor biters bitten, like every other biter, big or little, in the world's great family.

Slang definitions & phrases for biter



  1. Someone who copies another
  2. A thief: biters made off with his pencils
  3. Teeth •Used in the plural
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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