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View synonyms for biting

biting

[ bahy-ting ]

adjective

  1. nipping; smarting; keen:

    biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.

  2. cutting; sarcastic:

    a biting remark.

    Synonyms: scathing, mordant, caustic, trenchant, incisive



biting

/ ˈbaɪtɪŋ /

adjective

  1. piercing; keen

    a biting wind

  2. sarcastic; incisive

    a biting comment



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Derived Forms

  • ˈbitingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • biting·ly adverb
  • biting·ness noun
  • non·biting adjective
  • un·biting adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of biting1

First recorded in 1250–1300, biting is from the Middle English word bitynge. See bite, -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Edward Cabrera, making his major league debut for the Miami Marlins, worked his high-90s fastball, change-up and biting slider.

Computer simulations show that Neanderthal facial morphology represents adaptation to cold and high energy demands, but not heavy biting.

Each volume in the central trilogy sees the characters grow richer and more complex, the sentences more sparkling, and the plots more elaborate and nail-biting.

From Vox

In 2000 and 2001, researchers in Peru documented a 278-fold higher biting rate by mosquitos in deforested areas, compared with relatively pristine sites.

The Cheezburger Cat and Success Kid memes of a younger internet has matured into waves of jokes that betray a more biting, more cynical online community.

From Time

Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.

At least one mobster said he always kept two biting monkeys in the room when he met his associates.

So one may wonder, what has awakened the sleeping lapdogs and why are they suddenly biting?

The region of interest is known as the Amundsen Sea Sector, which means climate change is biting Earth in the ASS.

She has personally confronted suicide, business failure and biting criticism, and in the face of it all she perseveres.

"All right," said Dan, biting off a big chew from the plug he was holding, and restoring the rest to his pocket.

With her little satin shoe she tapped the carpet, biting her under lip and seeming to be listening.

The day had been intensely cold, with a biting north-east wind and black frost.

The keen wind found me out and seemed to take joy in rushing in on me in biting gusts and then whirling away over the flat.

"I have time before dark to make Benny's cart," observed Henry, biting a crisp, sweet carrot.

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Bithyniabiting louse