Origin of bitter

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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Examples from the Web for bitterly

British Dictionary definitions for bitterly

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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Idioms and Phrases with bitterly

bitter

In addition to the idioms beginning with bitter

  • bitter end
  • bitter pill to swallow

also see:

  • take the bitter with the sweet
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