hard-bit·​ten ˈhärd-ˈbi-tᵊn How to pronounce hard-bitten (audio)
: inclined to bite hard
: seasoned or steeled by difficult experience : tough

Examples of hard-bitten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alaska has devolved into a colony of big oil, and its politics have become so closed, hard-bitten, and strident. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hard-bitten was in 1686

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“Hard-bitten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-bitten. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: tough entry 1 sense 3
hard-bitten veterans
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