biting

[ bahy-ting ]
/ ˈbaɪ tɪŋ /

adjective

nipping; smarting; keen: biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
cutting; sarcastic: a biting remark.

Origin of biting

First recorded in 1250–1300, biting is from the Middle English word bitynge. See bite, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM biting

bit·ing·ly, adverbbit·ing·ness, nounnon·bit·ing, adjectiveun·bit·ing, adjective

Definition for biting (2 of 2)

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

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

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 biting (1 of 2)

biting
/ (ˈbaɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

piercing; keena biting wind
sarcastic; incisivea biting comment

Derived forms of biting

bitingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for biting (2 of 2)

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 biting

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 biting

bite

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