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

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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 To pass the time, each of them tells a story over the course of 10 days, each more imaginative and more biting (and yet perceptive) than the last. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 books to read ahead of dystopian times," 21 Mar. 2020 During his second summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February, Kim demanded the United States lift the newer and more biting sanctions in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, a limited denuclearization step. BostonGlobe.com, "Kim previously visited Mount Paektu before executing his powerful uncle in 2013 and entering into diplomacy with South Korea and the U.S. in 2018.," 17 Oct. 2019 During his second summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February, Kim demanded the United States lift the newer and more biting sanctions in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, a limited denuclearization step. BostonGlobe.com, "Kim previously visited Mount Paektu before executing his powerful uncle in 2013 and entering into diplomacy with South Korea and the U.S. in 2018.," 17 Oct. 2019 Bernstein also penned a letter to the editor that was a brilliantly biting parody of Bernheimer’s writing style. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: With withering wit, The Times’ irrepressible Martin Bernheimer transformed criticism," 1 Oct. 2019 The House approved a biting sanctions bill last month aimed at crippling Turkey's economy and punishing Erdogan personally by requiring an assessment of his net worth. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "'A particularly inappropriate time': Trump welcomes Turkey's Erdogan despite Syria attack," 13 Nov. 2019 During his second summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February, Kim demanded the United States lift the newer and more biting sanctions in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, a limited denuclearization step. BostonGlobe.com, "Kim previously visited Mount Paektu before executing his powerful uncle in 2013 and entering into diplomacy with South Korea and the U.S. in 2018.," 17 Oct. 2019 During his second summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February, Kim demanded the United States lift the newer and more biting sanctions in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, a limited denuclearization step. BostonGlobe.com, "Kim previously visited Mount Paektu before executing his powerful uncle in 2013 and entering into diplomacy with South Korea and the U.S. in 2018.," 17 Oct. 2019 During his second summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February, Kim demanded the United States lift the newer and more biting sanctions in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, a limited denuclearization step. Hyung-jin Kim, chicagotribune.com, "North Korea releases photos of Kim Jong Un riding a white horse to a sacred mountain, where he reportedly vowed to overcome U.S. sanctions," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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31 Mar 2020

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“Biting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biting. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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biting

adjective
How to pronounce biting (audio)

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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