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"
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bit′ėr, adj. biting or acrid to the taste: sharp: painful.—n. any substance having a bitter taste.—adj. Bitt′erish.—adv. Bitt′erly.—n. Bitt′erness.—n.pl. Bitt′ers, a liquid prepared from bitter herbs or roots, and used as a stomachic.—n. Bitt′er-sweet, the Woody Nightshade, a slender, climbing hedge-plant, having red poisonous berries, said to be named from its root, when chewed, having first a bitter, then a sweet taste: (Shak.) an apple that has a compound taste of sweet and bitter: a mixture of sweet and bitter. [A.S. bítan, to bite.]
(Spens.), used for Bittern.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Any turn of a cable about the bitts is called a bitter. Hence a ship is "brought up to a bitter" when the cable is allowed to run out to that stop.
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
The numerical value of bitter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of bitter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of bitter in a Sentence
No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations.
Difficult days are great with a good smile Bitter, butter, bread B is for BIG SMILES.
Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.
If alcohol is queen, then tobacco is her consort. It's a fond companion for all occasions, a loyal friend through fair weather and foul. People smoke to celebrate a happy moment, or to hide a bitter regret. Whether you're alone or with friends, it's a joy for all the senses. What lovelier sight is there than that double row of white cigarettes, lined up like soldiers on parade and wrapped in silver paper? I love to touch the pack in my pocket, open it, savor the feel of the cigarette between my fingers, the paper on my lips, the taste of tobacco on my tongue. I love to watch the flame spurt up, love to watch it come closer and closer, filling me with its warmth.
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Translations for bitter
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- ممقوت, مر, أليم, مقيت, مرارةArabic
- горчив, остър, циничен, злобен, враждебенBulgarian
- amargCatalan, Valencian
- zatrpklý, hořkýCzech
- горькъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- bitter, forbitret, bidendeDanish
- verhasst, bitter, verbittert, erbittert, arg, hart, feindlich, harsch, hässlichGerman
- amargo, amargadoSpanish
- mõru, kibeEstonian
- katkera, kitkerä, karvasFinnish
- amer, odieux, sévère, hostile, haïssable, dur, haineuxFrench
- goirt, searbhIrish
- מרה, מרירה, מריר, מרHebrew
- megkeseredett, gyomorkeserű, keserű, metsző, elkeseredettHungarian
- սաստիկ, մռու, խայթող, անողոք, սուր, դառնություն, դառը գարեջուր, ծակող, կծու, չար, դաժան, դառն, ամենաչարArmenian
- aspro, amara, gelido, amaroItalian
- 過酷な, 敵対, 荒々しい, いやな, 苦い, 憎らしい, 激しいJapanese
- ачууланган, кайгылуу, катаң, муңдуу, оор, ачуусу келген, катаал, курч, катуу, жинденген, ачуу, күчтүү, капалуу, жагымсыз, каардуу, муңайынкыKyrgyz
- amarus, acerbus, asperLatin
- sūrs, sīvs, rūgtsLatvian
- कट्टर, कडू, तीव्र, उग्रMarathi
- bitter, verbitterd, scherpDutch
- zgorzkniały, gorzkiPolish
- agudo, amargo, amargurado, encarniçado, penetrantePortuguese
- ненавистный, горький, злой, озлобленный, суровый, враждебный, злобный, мучительныйRussian
- ògōrčen, gorak, ljȗt, опор, горак, opor, трпак, trpak, грк, grkSerbo-Croatian
- grenak, zagrenjenSlovene
- bitter, beskSwedish
- kavaTonga (Tonga Islands)
- iliklere işleyen, yakıcı, keskin, acılı, şiddetli, acı, sertTurkish
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