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Origin of bitter

First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English biter; cognate with German bitter, Old Norse bitr, Gothic baitrs; akin to bite

OTHER WORDS FROM bitter

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bitter

bidder, bitter
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How to use bitter in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bitter

See also bitters

Derived forms of bitter

bitterly, adverbbitterness, noun

Word Origin for bitter

Old English biter; related to bītan to bite
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bitter

bitter

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