bite

[ bahyt ]
/ baɪt /
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verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. bitchin',
  2. bitching,
  3. bitchin’,
  4. bitchy,
  5. bitcoin,
  6. bite analysis,
  7. bite back,
  8. bite gauge,
  9. bite off more than one can chew,
  10. bite one's nails

Idioms

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
Related formsbit·a·ble, bite·a·ble, adjective

Can be confusedbight 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 Formsbiter, noun

Word Origin for bite

Old English bītan; related to Latin findere to split, Sanskrit bhedati he splits

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Word Origin and History for bite someone's head off
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Medicine 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

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.

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

also see:

  • bark is worse than one's bite
  • put the bite on
  • sound bite

Also seebitten.

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