Definitions for bitterˈbɪt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bit•terˈbɪt ər(adj.)-ter•er, -ter•est

  1. (adj.)having a harsh, acrid taste.

  2. producing one of the four basic taste sensations; not sour, sweet, or salt.

    Category: Physiology

  3. hard to bear:

    a bitter sorrow.

  4. causing pain:

    a bitter chill.

  5. characterized by or showing intense hostility:

    bitter enemies.

  6. experienced at great cost:

    a bitter lesson.

  7. resentful or cynical:

    bitter words.

  8. (n.)that which is bitter; bitterness.

  9. Brit. an ale bitter with hops.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  10. (v.t.)to make bitter.

  11. (adv.)extremely; very:

    a bitter cold night.

Origin of bitter:

bef. 1000; ME, OE biter; c. OHG bittar, ON bitr; akin to bite


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bitter(noun)

    English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

  2. bitter, bitterness(noun)

    the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

  3. bitterness, bitter(adj)

    the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

  4. acrimonious, bitter(adj)

    marked by strong resentment or cynicism

    "an acrimonious dispute"; "bitter about the divorce"

  5. bitter(adj)

    very difficult to accept or bear

    "the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow"

  6. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)

    harsh or corrosive in tone

    "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

  7. bitter(adj)

    expressive of severe grief or regret

    "shed bitter tears"

  8. bitter(adj)

    proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

    "a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies"

  9. bitter(adj)

    causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"

  10. biting, bitter(verb)

    causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold

    "bitter cold"; "a biting wind"

  11. bitter(adverb)

    make bitter

  12. piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitter(adverb)

    extremely and sharply

    "it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bitter(adjective)ˈbɪt ər

    tasting strong and unpleasant

    bitter coffee

  2. bitterˈbɪt ər

    feeling angry at unfair treatment; = resentful

    bitter about his marriage breaking up

  3. bitterˈbɪt ər

    involving strong anger

    a bitter feud

  4. bitterˈbɪt ər

    (of weather) extremely cold

    bitter winter air; her bitterness over the loss of her job; the bitterness of the argument; the bitterness of the chocolate; a bitterness in the air


  1. bitter(Noun)

    A liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.

  2. bitter(Noun)

    A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.

  3. bitter(Noun)

    A turn of a cable about the bitts.

  4. bitter(Adjective)

    Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)

    The coffee was bitter.

  5. bitter(Adjective)

    Harsh, piercing or stinging

  6. bitter(Adjective)

    Hateful or hostile

    They're bitter enemies.

  7. bitter(Adjective)

    Cynical and resentful

    I've been bitter ever since that defeat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bitter(noun)

    aA turn of the cable which is round the bitts

  2. Bitter(verb)

    having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes

  3. Bitter(verb)

    causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day

  4. Bitter(verb)

    causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant

  5. Bitter(verb)

    characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach

  6. Bitter(verb)

    mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable

  7. Bitter(noun)

    any substance that is bitter. See Bitters

  8. Bitter(verb)

    to make bitter


  1. Bitter

    Bitter is an English term for pale ale. Bitters vary in colour from gold to dark amber and in strength from 3% to 7% alcohol by volume.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bitter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3873

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bitter' in Adjectives Frequency: #518

Translations for bitter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having a sharp, acid taste like lemons etc, and sometimes unpleasant

a bitter orange.

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