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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Other Words from biting

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
Recent Examples on the Web Dave Chappelle opened the first episode of Saturday Night Live following the 2020 election last night with a biting, 16-minute standup set in lieu of a traditional monologue. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Dave Chappelle Got Very Serious About the State of the Country in His 'SNL' Monologue," 8 Nov. 2020 Sue Skidmore, 48, a mail carrier from Grand Rapids, was wrapped up warm against the biting Michigan cold. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump closes reelection campaign in Michigan with appeal to spirit of 2016," 3 Nov. 2020 Their confab on a biting winter day was instead focused on gaining a measure of one another, diving into philosophies and methods. Nick Moyle,, "Texas OC Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy have long history," 28 Oct. 2020 The program was a biting cross-examination of sexism in an overwhelmingly male profession. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Why British Police Shows Are Better," 11 Oct. 2020 Her poetry looks unflinchingly and with biting humor at loss and trauma, especially in family life. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Louise Glück becomes first American woman to win Nobel Prize for literature in 27 years," 8 Oct. 2020 Out now, Just B features interviews with notable figures like Mark Cuban, Bozoma Saint John, Maria Shriver, and Paris Hilton, mixed with the biting humor fans loved from Frankel's eight-year tenure on The Real Housewives of New York. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Buys a Lot of Home Decor, but These Affordable Stores Are Her Faves," 29 Sep. 2020 Officers use the hoods, typically made of mesh, to prevent themselves from coming into contact with the bodily fluids of a detainee who is spitting or biting. USA TODAY, "Spit hoods scrutinized after death of Daniel Prude. Why are they used by police?," 6 Sep. 2020 Generally, though, departments may allow them in at least two situations: When a detainee is spitting or biting, or when a subject verbally threatens to do so, Epperson said. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Here's what spit socks and spit hoods are, and how police use them," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of biting

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biting was in the 14th century

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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Biting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce biting (audio)

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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