hard-bitten

adjective
hard-bit·​ten | \ ˈhärd-ˈbi-tᵊn How to pronounce hard-bitten (audio) \

Definition of hard-bitten

1 : inclined to bite hard
2 : seasoned or steeled by difficult experience : tough

First Known Use of hard-bitten

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hard-bitten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-bitten. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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hard-bitten

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hard-bitten

: tough and experienced

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