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biting

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adjective bit·ing \ˈbī-tiŋ\

Simple Definition of biting

  • : unpleasantly cold

  • : having a sharply critical and often clever quality

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of biting

  1. :  having the power to bite <a biting wind>; especially :  able to grip and impress deeply <a biting wit>

bitingly

play \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of biting in a sentence

  1. <a biting wind that only the toughest football fans were willing to endure>

  2. <the biting comments by the popular girls about the new kid in class>



14th Century

First Known Use of biting

14th century

Rhymes with biting


BITING Defined for Kids

biting

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adjective bit·ing \ˈbī-tiŋ\

Definition of biting for Students

  1. :  causing intense discomfort <It was cold, bleak, biting weather … — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol>





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