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  1. nipping; smarting; keen: biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
  2. cutting; sarcastic: a biting remark.
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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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Examples from the Web for bitingly

Historical Examples

  • "I s'pose there's no need o' my settin' down," she remarked, bitingly.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • And then one day he permitted his wit to be bitingly imprudent.

  • "I thought you could handle routine operations," he said bitingly.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • The wind had us on the stern, and hurried us bitingly forward.

  • He scorned all the women of Ella's set, and was bitingly critical of Emily's friends.

    Saturday's Child

    Kathleen Norris

British Dictionary definitions for bitingly


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