noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of bitters
adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bitter
Synonyms for bitter
Related Words for bittersaroma, aftertaste, annoy, disillusion, aggravate, exasperate, irritate, disaffect, sour, exacerbate, sweet, sting, zing, zip, savor, jolt, bang, bitter, kick, zest
Examples from the Web for bitters
Contemporary Examples of 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 adds two dashes of Peychaud's bitters, one shot of Los Tigres de la Ira's Suisse verte, some lemon juice, and an egg white.
He makes me a 20's Sazerac with Jack Daniels, Peychaud's Bitters, simple syrup, and local Tigre de la Ira absinthe.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
Historical Examples of bitters
This I promise you: you shall taste all of life's sweets and escape all bitters.The Memorabilia
His phrase was, 'Your bitters, sir, leave no bad flavor behind them.'Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
Chalybeates, bitters, and opium, after sufficient evacuation.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Its ingredients were one drop of Bitters and the remainder, poor liquor.Dangers of the Trail in 1865
Charles E Young
Some said her bitters tasted sweet,And some pronounced her pills delightful.The Book of Humorous Verse
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