bit·​ing | \ ˈbī-tiŋ How to pronounce biting (audio) \

Definition of biting

: having the power to bite a biting wind especially : able to grip and impress deeply a biting wit

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bitingly \ ˈbī-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce bitingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biting in a Sentence

a biting wind that only the toughest football fans were willing to endure the biting comments by the popular girls about the new kid in class

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The Hanoi talks broke down after Kim demanded that the most biting sanctions be dropped, in return for the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang. Choe Sang-hun,, "New North Korean missile sends angry message to South Korea’s president," 26 July 2019 The Hanoi talks broke down after Mr. Kim demanded that the most biting sanctions be dropped, in return for the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "New North Korean Missile Comes With Angry Message to South Korea’s President," 26 July 2019 Darius is the holder of the most unexpected lines and the most biting commentary. Denise Coffey,, "‘Savannah Sipping Society’ A Performance To Savor," 17 June 2019 He has also been accused of being a dirty player, and is infamous for three biting incidents. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Barcelona’s Luis Suarez could be headed to David Beckham’s Inter Miami. Here is why," 4 June 2019 While the New Jersey native is mostly known for her biting humor, Good Girls presents a different side of the actress, allowing her to show off her dramatic chops and giving audiences an entirely new appreciation for her talent. Kellee Terrell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Retta Wants Hollywood to Know She's Ready to Play the Femme Fatale," 11 Apr. 2019 Trump calling them, quote, the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and warning that country doing business with Tehran will not be doing business with the United States. Fox News, "The unhinged left," 8 Aug. 2018 For Russia, the increasingly robust alliance with China is particularly important in light of the strained relations with the U.S. and its allies and the looming threat of more biting U.S. sanctions. Fox News, "Putin attends Russia-China war games," 13 Sep. 2018 Reindeer once gathered on these icy patches in the later summer months to escape biting insects, and from the late Stone Age to the Middle Ages, hunters followed. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Climate change melting pre-Viking artifacts out of Norway’s glaciers," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of biting

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of biting

: unpleasantly cold
: having a sharply critical and often clever quality


bit·​ing | \ ˈbī-tiŋ How to pronounce biting (audio) \

Kids Definition of biting

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

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to fake an opponent out of position

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