biting

adjective
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

Other Words from biting

bitingly \ ˈbī-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce biting (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
Recent Examples on the Web The virus that causes EHD is carried by a biting gnat known as a midge and is both contagious and fatal. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 Tyler invested Gunther, who was otherwise the stuff of sitcom cliché, with a biting awareness of his own exclusion from the show’s hermetic main group. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2021 The babies arrived amid the delay of a bipartisan infrastructure bill and growing concerns over product shortages and the sluggish transport of goods, inconveniences that have only grown more biting as the pandemic continues. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 The babies arrived amid the delay of a bipartisan infrastructure bill and growing concerns over product shortages and the sluggish transport of goods, inconveniences that have only grown more biting as the pandemic continues. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The Police Department revamped its training and procedures for canine units in 2017 to shrink the number of controversial incidents with police dogs, including multiple biting incidents that prompted lawsuits. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2021 The biting, steady wind that prevailed throughout Game 3 was gone, leaving just a slight breeze to ruffle the center-field flags. Beth Harris, ajc, 13 Oct. 2021 The biting, steady wind that prevailed throughout Game 3 was gone, leaving just a slight breeze to ruffle the center-field flags. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 As well as being a shrewd exploration of the psychological toll of generational trauma and colonial legacies, the book is also, thanks to its biting humor, a broad criticism of the absurdity of contemporary life. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of biting

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Biting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biting. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for biting

biting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of biting

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

biting

adjective
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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