noun (used with a plural verb)
- bitterroot range,
- bitterroot river,
Origin of bitters
adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bitter
Examples from the Web for bitters
He dashes in a few drops of bitters, and then gently crushes the sugar with a muddler.
“Within its 1806 embodiment of the cocktail incarnate—spirit, sweetner, bitters, water—there is traditionalism,” Simonson writes.
"Almost all of the bitters, whiskeys, or absinthes you see in Buenos Aires are illegal," he says.
He makes me a 20's Sazerac with Jack Daniels, Peychaud's Bitters, simple syrup, and local Tigre de la Ira absinthe.
Top with bitters and liquid smoke and garnish with a flamed lemon zest.
Bitters, “medicinal wines” and such liquors have no virtues worth speaking of.Lights and Shadows of New York Life|James D. McCabe
He rode along the village street, his mind's ear ringing with Byle's parting advice: "Don't forget the bitters."A Dream of Empire|William Henry Venable
In the good old days its root was an important part of spring bitters.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
The former are simply appetizers, usually of the bitters class, and are taken before meals.A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees|Edwin Asa Dix
It has recently been highly recommended in dyspepsia, combined with other bitters or aperients.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
Word Origin for bitter
1713, from bitter. So called for its taste.
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