What does bitter mean?

Definitions for bitter
ˈbɪt ərbit·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bitter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bitternoun

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

  2. bitter, bitternessnoun

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

  3. bitterness, bitteradjective

    the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

  4. acrimonious, bitteradjective

    marked by strong resentment or cynicism

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

  5. bitteradjective

    very difficult to accept or bear

    "the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow"

  6. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolicadjective

    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. bitteradjective

    expressive of severe grief or regret

    "shed bitter tears"

  8. bitteradjective

    proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

    "a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies"

  9. bitteradjective

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

  10. biting, bitterverb

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

    "bitter cold"; "a biting wind"

  11. bitteradverb

    make bitter

  12. piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitteradverb

    extremely and sharply

    "it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold"

Wiktionary

  1. bitternoun

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

  2. bitternoun

    A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.

  3. bitternoun

    A turn of a cable about the bitts.

  4. bitteradjective

    Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)

    The coffee was bitter.

  5. bitteradjective

    Harsh, piercing or stinging

  6. bitteradjective

    Hateful or hostile

    They're bitter enemies.

  7. bitteradjective

    Cynical and resentful

    I've been bitter ever since that defeat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bitternoun

    aA turn of the cable which is round the bitts

  2. Bitterverb

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

  3. Bitterverb

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

  4. Bitterverb

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

  5. Bitterverb

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

  6. Bitterverb

    mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable

  7. Bitternoun

    any substance that is bitter. See Bitters

  8. Bitterverb

    to make bitter

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bitter

    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.]

  2. Bitter

    (Spens.), used for Bittern.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bitter

    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.

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

  2. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bitter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bitter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bitter in a Sentence

  1. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    I'm not bitter about it, because frankly my attitude has been — look, these are people who know how to play politics. They play to win. They use every tool at their disposal to win.

  2. John Locke:

    Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    jede Erfahrung des Lebens kann uns besser oder bitter. jeder Herausforderung kann entweder uns stärker machen oder brechen uns v

  4. Will Durant:

    Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.

  5. John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961:

    Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today, at home and around the world!

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