Definitions for bitterˈbɪt ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bit•terˈbɪt ər(adj.)-ter•er, -ter•est
(adj.)having a harsh, acrid taste.
producing one of the four basic taste sensations; not sour, sweet, or salt.
hard to bear:
a bitter sorrow.
a bitter chill.
characterized by or showing intense hostility:
experienced at great cost:
a bitter lesson.
resentful or cynical:
(n.)that which is bitter; bitterness.
Brit. an ale bitter with hops.
(v.t.)to make bitter.
a bitter cold night.
Origin of bitter:
bef. 1000; ME, OE biter; c. OHG bittar, ON bitr; akin to bite
English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)
the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
marked by strong resentment or cynicism
"an acrimonious dispute"; "bitter about the divorce"
very difficult to accept or bear
"the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow"
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"
expressive of severe grief or regret
"shed bitter tears"
proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity
"a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies"
causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"
causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold
"bitter cold"; "a biting wind"
piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitter(adverb)
extremely and sharply
"it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
tasting strong and unpleasant
feeling angry at unfair treatment; = resentful
bitter about his marriage breaking up
involving strong anger
a bitter feud
(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
A liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.
A turn of a cable about the bitts.
Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)
The coffee was bitter.
Harsh, piercing or stinging
Hateful or hostile
They're bitter enemies.
Cynical and resentful
I've been bitter ever since that defeat.
aA turn of the cable which is round the bitts
having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes
causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day
causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant
characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach
mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable
any substance that is bitter. See Bitters
to make 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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'bitter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3873
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.
- amargoPortuguese (BR)
- kyselý, hořkýCzech
- تلخ؛ تند و تیزFarsi
- amer; acideFrench
- bitur, beiskurIcelandic
- amaro; asproItalian
- kartus, rūgštusLithuanian
- bitter, zuurDutch
- bitter, beskNorwegian
- تلخ؛ تند و تیزPersian
- تريخ (خوند) ترخه (خاطره)، دردوونكى يا دياد پيښه: كلك او ظالمانه (لكه حمل): ستغى سپورى (خبرى)Pashto
- amar; acidRomanian
- horký, trpkýSlovak
- bitter, beskSwedish
- keskin, acı, burukTurkish
- 有苦味的Chinese (Trad.)
- کڑوا ، کسیلاUrdu
- 有苦味的Chinese (Simp.)
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