verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- to take advantage of; cheat; deceive: I got bitten in a mail-order swindle.
- to annoy or upset; anger: What's biting you, sorehead?
verb (used without object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
- a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck or similar device.
- the amount of material that a mechanical shovel or the like can carry at one time.
- to solicit or attempt to borrow money or something of value from.
- to press for money, as in extortion: They found out about his prison record and began to put the bite on him.
Origin of bite
Related formsbit·a·ble, bite·a·ble, adjective
Examples from the Web for bite
Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”
One bite too many, and I could look down and practically see my thighs expanding before my eyes.
Taking a bite out of it made me feel like I was at a family bris… in a good, nostalgic way.
She has this little bit of a bite to her and a fight within her that does come through in little moments.
As soon as she took a bite of the apple, she fell to the ground and was dead.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was as a poison flowing in his veins and giving him an impulse to bite like a mad dog.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.|Guy de Maupassant
Yet she looked again at his shack, with her lower lip in the bite of her teeth.The Peace of Roaring River|George van Schaick
How can a sheep dog work a flock of sheep unless he can bite occasionally as well as bark?The Way of All Flesh|Samuel Butler
Things are beginning to bite me again, great horrid things of all kinds.A Journal from Japan|Marie Carmichael Stopes
Of snakes there are two or three sorts: but whether the bite of any of them be mortal, or even venomous, is somewhat doubtful.A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson|Watkin Tench
British Dictionary definitions for bite
verb bites, biting, bit or bitten
Derived Formsbiter, noun
Word Origin for bite
Medicine definitions for bite
Idioms and Phrases with bite
In addition to the idioms beginning with bite
- bite off more than one can chew
- bite one's nails
- bite one's tongue
- bite someone's head off
- bite the bullet
- bite the dust
- bite the hand that feeds you
- bark is worse than one's bite
- put the bite on
- sound bite