Nearby words

  1. bitstock,
  2. bitstream,
  3. bitsy,
  4. bitt,
  5. bitten,
  6. bitter almond,
  7. bitter almond oil,
  8. bitter apple,
  9. bitter cassava,
  10. bitter cress

Origin of bitter

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

Related forms
Can be confusedbidder bitter

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Examples from the Web for bitterness


British Dictionary definitions for bitterness
See also bitters

Derived Formsbitterly, adverbbitterness, noun

Word Origin for bitter

Old English biter; related to bītan to bite

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Word Origin and History for bitterness
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Idioms and Phrases with bitterness

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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