son of a bitch

noun phrase
\ ˈsən-ə-və-ˌbich How to pronounce son of a bitch (audio) also ˈsəm-ˌbich How to pronounce son of a bitch (audio) ; as an interjection ˌsən-ə-və-ˈbich \
plural sons of bitches\ ˌsən-​zə-​ˈbi-​chəz How to pronounce sons of bitches (audio) \

Definition of son of a bitch

1 sometimes vulgar
a : an offensive or disagreeable person usually used of a man He's a mean son of a bitch. used as a generalized term of abuse"… You son of a bitch, you sat down in my chair."— Garrison Keillor
b : man, fellow "The poor son of a bitch," he said. "He never had a chance. … "— Hunter S. Thompson
2 sometimes vulgar used interjectionally to express surprise, disappointment, annoyance, or anger
3 sometimes vulgar used as a generalized term of referenceWhy didn't he just climb the ladder all the way to the top, step off the son of a bitch, and be done with it?— Richard Russo

Examples of son of a bitch in a Sentence

That son of a bitch insulted my family. He's a mean son of a bitch. The test turned out to be a real son of a bitch.
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First Known Use of son of a bitch

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of son of a bitch was in 1655

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“Son of a bitch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/son%20of%20a%20bitch. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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son of a bitch

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English Language Learners Definition of son of a bitch

chiefly US, informal + impolite
: a person (especially a man) who you strongly dislike or hate
used to express surprise, disappointment, anger, etc.
: something that is very difficult or unpleasant

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