adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
- bitter almond,
- bitter almond oil,
- bitter apple,
- bitter cassava,
- bitter cress
Origin of bitter
Examples from the Web for bitter
There was a collective gasp at both the four-letter word and the bitter sentiment it carried.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By halftime a crowd of what appeared to be a few hundred people had amassed in the bitter cold.‘I Can’t Breathe’ Makes It Onto the Court for Will and Kate to See|Jacob Siegel|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the manner in which the two technology mavens administered their coup de grâce only two months later has left a bitter taste.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine|Lloyd Grove|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
ISIS and the Nusra Front were once aligned under the al Qaeda banner but have been bitter rivals over the past year.
Yet even as the Germans wallowed in bitter self-pity, another defeated superpower underwent a dramatic turnaround.
She moaned and wept and refused all comfort, until one night she closed her eyes on the world which had been so harsh and bitter.The Bishop's Secret|Fergus Hume
He was a man of good judgment, strong in his likes and dislikes, and bitter in his resentments.
We both made a bitter mistake; but now it is over, and irrevocably so.My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
The bitter part was that it let go just short of where Lynds might have made it.What Need of Man?|Harold Calin
Then Dollops went on his own tack, leaving Sir Edgar to enjoy his own bitter reflections as best he might.The Riddle of the Purple Emperor|Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
Word Origin for bitter
Old English biter "bitter, sharp, cutting; angry, embittered; cruel," from Proto-Germanic *bitras- (cf. Old Saxon bittar, Old Norse bitr, Dutch bitter, Old High German bittar, German bitter, Gothic baitrs "bitter"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (cf. Old English bitan "to bite;" see bite (v.)). Evidently the meaning drifted in prehistoric times from "biting, of pungent taste," to "acrid-tasting." Used figuratively in Old English of states of mind and words. Related: Bitterly.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bitter
- bitter end
- bitter pill to swallow
- take the bitter with the sweet