bite

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See also: bitę, bitė, and bitē

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English biten, from Old English bītan, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split). Cognates include West Frisian bite, Low German bieten, Dutch bijten, Swedish bita, German beißen, Danish bide, Gothic 𐌱𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (beitan), and through Indo-European, Ancient Greek φείδομαι (pheidomai), Sanskrit भिद् (bhid, to break), Latin findo (split).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

bite (third-person singular simple present bites, present participle biting, simple past bit, past participle bitten or ((US) rare, (UK) archaic) bit)

  1. (transitive) To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
    As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
  2. (transitive) To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
  3. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
    That dog is about to bite!
  4. (intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.
    If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite.
  5. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
    I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
  6. (intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.
    For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite.
  7. (intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
    Are the fish biting today?
  8. (intransitive, metaphor) To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
    I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
  9. (intransitive, transitive, of an insect) To sting.
    These mosquitoes are really biting today!
  10. (intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.
    It bites like pepper or mustard.
  11. (transitive) To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense.
    Pepper bites the mouth.
    • Shakespeare
      Frosts do bite the meads.
  12. (intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 32
      At the last it [wine] biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
  13. (intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.
    The anchor bites.
  14. (transitive) To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.
    The anchor bites the ground.
    • Charles Dickens
      The last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, [] it turned and turned with nothing to bite.
  15. (intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.
    This music really bites.
  16. (transitive, informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.
    You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.
  17. (intransitive, African American Vernacular, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.
    He always be biting my moves.

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Translations[edit]

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Noun[edit]

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bite (plural bites)

  1. The act of biting.
    • Walton
      I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite.
  2. The wound left behind after having been bitten.
    That snake bite really hurts!
  3. The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
    After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.
  4. A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a mouthful.
    There were only a few bites left on the plate.
  5. (slang) Something unpleasant.
    That's really a bite!
  6. (slang) An act of plagiarism.
    That song is a bite of my song!
  7. A small meal or snack.
    I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.
  8. (figuratively) aggression
    • 2011 March 2, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 3 - 0 Aston Villa”, BBC:
      City scored the goals but periods of ball possession were shared - the difference being Villa lacked bite in the opposition final third.
  9. The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has upon another.
  10. (colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
    • Humorist
      The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching.
  11. (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.
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  12. (printing) A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening between the type and paper.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (act of biting):
  • (wound left behind after having been bitten):
  • (swelling caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting): sting
  • (piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting): mouthful
  • (slang: something unpleasant):
  • (slang: act of plagiarism):
  • (small meal or snack): snack
  • (figuratively: aggression):

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Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of bitte.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bite f (plural bites)

  1. (slang, vulgar) knob, cock, dick
    Il a souri quand j'ai mis la main entre ses cuisses et je me suis mis à frotter sa grosse bite.
    He smiled when I put my hand between his thighs and started to rub his big cock.

Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic (compare Lithuanian bitė), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰei-, *bʰī-. Cognate to English bee.

Noun[edit]

bite f (5th declension)

  1. bee

Declension[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bíta, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split).

Verb[edit]

bite (present tense biter, past tense bet or beit, past participle bitt)

  1. to bite

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bíta, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split).

Verb[edit]

bite (present tense bit or biter, past tense beit, past participle bite or biti)

  1. to bite

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the verb bitan.

Noun[edit]

bite m

  1. bite

Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bite

  1. dative singular of bit