- bitter almond,
- bitter almond oil,
- bitter apple,
- bitter cassava
verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- to take advantage of; cheat; deceive: I got bitten in a mail-order swindle.
- to annoy or upset; anger: What's biting you, sorehead?
verb (used without object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
- a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck or similar device.
- the amount of material that a mechanical shovel or the like can carry at one time.
Origin of bite
Examples from the Web for bitten
But the title of Best Death definitely belongs to Bob Stookey, who got bitten by a zombie then captured by cannibals.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014|Melissa Leon|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some juice spills out when one is sliced or bitten, but it isn't nearly as plump and oozy as a traditional link.
For two years, and very ostentatiously, Sarkozy has bitten his tongue.
The snarling dog they kept in a pen for decades has just escaped and bitten their hand off.The Day the Mad Dogs Took Over the Republican Party|Michael Tomasky|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
City Hall security in Toronto had better be on high alert if Ford really has been bitten by the snake.If Rob Ford Really Smoked Crack, He’d Have a Hell of a Time Governing Toronto|Mansfield Frazier|May 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A short time before our party arrived, some person tried to pet a bear and was bitten in the wrist.With God in the Yellowstone|Alma White
The hand slowly and cautiously advanced, to be hastily retracted, is nearly certain to be bitten.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
And they were able to secure him, so that no one else was bitten.The Man with the Pan Pipes|Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
Persons and property were bitten, torn, and destroyed according to his order.The Weird Orient|Henry Iliowizi
Amanda teased; and the next moment could have bitten her tongue out for the thoughtless speech.Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party|C. E. Jacobs
verb bites, biting, bit or bitten
Word Origin for bite
past participle of bite.
Old English bitan (class I strong verb; past tense bat, past participle biten), from Proto-Germanic *bitan (cf. Old Saxon bitan, Old Norse and Old Frisian bita, Middle Dutch biten, Dutch bijten, German beissen, Gothic beitan "to bite"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split, crack" (see fissure).
To bite the bullet is said to be 1700s military slang, from old medical custom of having the patient bite a lead bullet during an operation to divert attention from pain and reduce screaming. Figurative use from 1891; the custom itself attested from 1840s. To bite (one's) tongue "refrain from speaking" is 1590s. To bite the dust "die" is 1750 (Latin had the same image; cf. Virgil: procubuit moriens et humum semel ore momordit). To bite off more than one can chew (c.1880) is U.S. slang, from plug tobacco.
c.1200, from bite (v).
see once bitten, twice shy; also see 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
- bark is worse than one's bite
- put the bite on
- sound bite