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Origin of biting

First recorded in 1250–1300, biting is from the Middle English word bitynge. See bite, -ing2
Related formsbit·ing·ly, adverbbit·ing·ness, nounnon·bit·ing, adjectiveun·bit·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bitingly


  1. piercing; keena biting wind
  2. sarcastic; incisivea biting comment
Derived Formsbitingly, adverb
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