adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bitter
Synonyms for bitter
Related Words for bitteredannoy, disillusion, aggravate, exasperate, irritate, disaffect, sour, exacerbate, envenom, worsen, bother, acerbate, poison, anger, bitter, acidulate, venom
Examples from the Web for bittered
Historical Examples of bittered
Some of these are highly hopped, or bittered, the further to promote their preservation during transit and change of temperature.
The negro left, but soon returned with it in his hand—all bittered and iced.The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth
In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with bittered agony because it takes them unawares.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six
I was yet to learn sorrow for this unhappy nobleman whose conduct had bittered me all the way from Lom.John Splendid
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