adjective, bitch·i·er, bitch·i·est. Slang.

characteristic of a bitch; spiteful; malicious.

Origin of bitchy

First recorded in 1925–30; bitch + -y1
Related formsbitch·i·ly, adverbbitch·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for bitchy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bitchiness


adjective bitchier or bitchiest

informal characteristic of or behaving like a bitch; malicious; snidea bitchy put-down
Derived Formsbitchily, adverbbitchiness, 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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