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.
- to solicit or attempt to borrow money or something of value from.
- to press for money, as in extortion: They found out about his prison record and began to put the bite on him.
Origin of bite
Synonyms for bite
Examples from the Web for bitten
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 1, 2015
Some juice spills out when one is sliced or bitten, but it isn't nearly as plump and oozy as a traditional link.The Texas Church of Beef
Jane & Michael Stern
April 27, 2014
For two years, and very ostentatiously, Sarkozy has bitten his tongue.Sarkozy’s Surveillance Scandal
March 22, 2014
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
October 11, 2013
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
May 29, 2013
Historical Examples of bitten
The end of those who are bitten by the moccasin is not pretty to see, and besides, I had business.The Trail Book
In moving I had trodden on or touched the serpent with my foot, and it had bitten me just above the ankle.
When a man is bitten by a snake in a solitary place he is in God's hands.
Today, senor, through your own heedlessness you were bitten by a venomous snake.
I could have bitten my tongue out, though I had blundered with the best intentions.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
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