bite

[ bahyt ]
/ baɪt /

verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.

verb (used without object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.

noun

Idioms for bite

Origin of bite

before 1000; Middle English biten, Old English bītan; cognate with Old High German bīzan (German beissen), Gothic beitan, Old Norse bīta; akin to Latin findere to split

SYNONYMS FOR bite

OTHER WORDS FROM bite

bit·a·ble, bite·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bite

bight bite byte
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British Dictionary definitions for bite someone's head off

bite
/ (baɪt) /

verb bites, biting, bit or bitten

noun

Derived forms of bite

biter, noun

Word Origin for bite

Old English bītan; related to Latin findere to split, Sanskrit bhedati he splits
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Medical definitions for bite someone's head off

bite
[ bīt ]

v.

To cut, grip, or tear with the teeth.
To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.

n.

The act of biting.
A puncture or laceration of the skin by the teeth of an animal or the mouthparts of an insect or similar organism.
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Idioms and Phrases with bite someone's head off (1 of 2)

bite someone's head off

Also, snap someone's head off. Scold or speak very angrily to someone, as in Ask her to step down from the board? She'd bite my head off! The first expression, dating from the mid-1900s, replaced the much earlier bite someone's nose off (16th century); the variant was first recorded in 1886.

Idioms and Phrases with bite someone's head off (2 of 2)

bite

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