biting

adjective
bit·​ing | \ ˈbī-tiŋ \

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 \ 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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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 Khan gives it more of a biting edge with sparse bass rumbles and wild textures. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Diplo Drops 'California' Remix Package, Valentino Khan Reworks 'Deadpool 2' Single," 29 June 2018 The host of Last Week Tonight has recently reserved his most biting words for domestic issues, particularly regarding the personnel of the Trump administration. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "John Oliver Mocked President Xi Jinping. Now His Show—And All of HBO—Are Blocked In China," 25 June 2018 One sign of the evolving stance toward the United States was the unusually biting commentary this week from European Council President Donald Tusk, whose job in Brussels is to channel the ids of the 28 nations in the European Union. Washington Post, "As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good," 19 May 2018 Wolf’s most biting remarks, though, were directed towards the president himself, who was not in attendance. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Michelle Wolf Came For Every Complicit Woman In The Trump Administration," 29 Apr. 2018 However, a separate, related New York Times sidebar characterized Kraft’s quotes as one of the most biting criticisms of Trump during the meeting. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots owner Robert Kraft reportedly criticized Trump in a secret NFL meeting last fall," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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biting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of biting

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

biting

adjective
bit·​ing | \ ˈbī-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of biting

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

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