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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
son of a bitch
▪ He’s a filthy lying son of a bitch.
be a son of a bitch
▪ Getting the new tire on was a real son of a bitch.
life's a bitch
son of a bitch!
Son of a bitch! The car won't start!
▪ It sounds like Carrie can be a real bitch sometimes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bitch \Bitch\ (b[i^]ch), n. [OE. biche, bicche, AS. bicce; cf. Icel. bikkja, G. betze, peize.]

  1. The female of the canine kind, as of the dog, wolf, and fox.

  2. An opprobrious name for a woman, especially a lewd woman.

  3. an unpleasant, malicious, or offensive person.

  4. something difficult or unpleasant. [slang]

  5. a complaint. [slang]


Bitch \Bitch\ (b[i^]ch), v. i. to complain in a whining or grumbling manner; to gripe.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bicce "female dog," probably from Old Norse bikkjuna "female of the dog" (also fox, wolf, and occasionally other beasts), which is of unknown origin. Grimm derives the Old Norse word from Lapp pittja, but OED notes that "the converse is equally possible." As a term of contempt applied to women, it dates from c.1400; of a man, c.1500, playfully, in the sense of "dog." Used among male homosexuals from 1930s. In modern (1990s, originally black English) slang, its use with reference to a man is sexually contemptuous, from the "woman" insult.BITCH. A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]\nBitch goddess coined 1906 by William James; the original one was success.


"to complain," attested at least from 1930, perhaps from the sense in bitchy, perhaps influenced by the verb meaning "to bungle, spoil," which is recorded from 1823. But bitched in this sense seems to echo Middle English bicched "cursed, bad," a general term of opprobrium (as in Chaucer's bicched bones "unlucky dice"), which despite the hesitation of OED, seems to be a derivative of bitch (n.).


n. 1 A female dog or other canine. In particular one who has recently had puppy. 2 (context vulgar offensive English) A despicable or disagreeable, aggressive person, often female. (from the 15th c) 3 (context vulgar offensive English) A submissive person, often female, who does what others want; a slave. (from the 20th c) 4 (context obsolete informal of a man English) (non-gloss definition A playful variation on dog#Noun dog (sense "man").) (from the 16th c) 5 (context humorous colloquial used with a possessive pronoun English) Friend. (from the 20th c) 6 (context colloquial English) A complaint, especially when the complaint is unjustified. 7 (context colloquial usually only used in the singular English) A difficult or confounding problem. 8 (context colloquial English) A queen (playing card), particularly the queen of spades in the card game of hearts. 9 (context figurative English) Something unforgiving and unpleasant. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To behave or act as a bitch. 2 (context transitive English) To criticize spitefully, often for the sake of complaining rather than in order to have the problem corrected. 3 (context transitive English) To spoil, to ruin.

  1. n. an unpleasant difficulty; "this problem is a real bitch"

  2. a woman who is thoroughly disliked; "she said her son thought Hilary was a bitch" [syn: cunt]

  3. informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here" [syn: gripe, kick, beef, squawk]

  4. female of any member of the dog family

  5. v. say mean things [syn: backbite]

Bitch (insult)

Bitch, literally meaning a female dog, is a slang pejorative for a person, commonly a woman, who is belligerent, unreasonable, malicious, a control freak, rudely intrusive or aggressive. When applied to a man, bitch is a derogatory term for a subordinate. Its original use as a vulgarism, documented to the fourteenth century, suggested high sexual desire in a woman, comparable to a dog in heat. The range of meanings has expanded in modern usage. In a feminist context, it can indicate a strong or assertive woman.

The word bitch is one of the most common curse words in the English language. According to Dr. Timothy Jay, there are "over 70 different taboo words" but 80 percent of the time only ten words are used, and the word bitch is included in this set of ten.

Bitch (magazine)

Bitch is an independent, quarterly magazine published in Portland, Oregon. Its tagline is "a feminist response to pop culture". Bitch is published by the non-profit Bitch Media feminist media organization, dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. The magazine includes analysis of current political events, social and cultural trends, television shows, movies, books, music, advertising, and artwork from a feminist perspective. It has about 80,000 readers.

Bitch (Meredith Brooks song)

"Bitch", also known by its censored title, "Nothing In Between", is a Grammy-nominated song co-written with Shelly Peiken and recorded by American artist Meredith Brooks. It was released in May 1997 as the lead single from her debut album Blurring the Edges. "Bitch" contains an un-credited drum sample of "Impeach The President" by The Honey Drippers, written by Roy Charles Hammond.

Bitch (short story)

"Bitch" is a short story written by Roald Dahl and is part of his short story collection Switch Bitch. It was originally published in the July 1974 issue of Playboy. It is the second appearance of Dahl's character Uncle Oswald.


Bitch may refer to:

  • A female dog or other canine
  • Bitch (insult)

Bitch or Bitches may also refer to:

Bitch (The Rolling Stones song)

"Bitch" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers, first released one week before the album as the b-side to its advance single, " Brown Sugar." Despite not being used as an official single by itself, the tune has garnered major airplay from classic rock radio stations. With a bombastic use of horns, the track is not about a specific woman, but it instead focuses on how, in general, "love is a bitch".

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Bitch" was recorded in October 1970 at London's Olympic Studios, and at Stargroves utilising the Rolling Stones Mobile studio.

Bitch (Sevendust song)

"Bitch" is the second single from Sevendust's self-titled debut album. The song peaked at #30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. "Bitch" was included on the Best of (Chapter One 1997-2004) album. The song also featured in 2000 action film Mrs. Death 2: Hells Fury.

Bitch (band)

Bitch is a female-fronted American heavy metal band, formed in Los Angeles in December 1980. They gained notoriety as a result of their theatrical live performances inspired by Alice Cooper, which featured sadomasochistic themes. Bitch was the first artist ever signed to Metal Blade Records.

Bitch (performer)

Bitch (born Karen Mould, 1973), also known as Capital B, is a musician, actress, composer, and performance artist. Best known for her work in Bitch and Animal, John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus, her work with Canadian folk musician Ferron, and her new project BEACH. Bitch sings and plays numerous instruments, including the ukulele, bass guitar, violin, and keytar—the artist has described her music as "electric violin poet rock".

Bitch (E-40 song)

"Bitch" (censored to "B*tch" and "Trick") is a single by American rapper E-40 off his twelfth studio albumRevenue Retrievin': Day Shift. The song features fellow West Coast American rapper and former label mate Too Short. The single is the only charting single of the Revenue Retrievin' series. The song receives airplay in the mix on radio stations such as Power 106 in Los Angeles. A popular remix was made also featuring 50 Cent who is featured on the single cover.

Bitch (Law & Order)

"Bitch" is the 292nd episode of the NBC legal drama Law & Order and the fifteenth episode of the thirteenth season.

Usage examples of "bitch".

Gail Porter, not to mention Sherry Kolarik, the bitch, and Mary Arles, and any other women who thought they had more balls than Cliff Baxter.

They said that the bandersnatch only scared him away, but I think that slimy son of a bitch ate him.

Hell no, it wasnt worth it, not when you might crimp your own concatenation, what was it to you if some damned son of a bitching stupid fool of an antediluvian got himself beheaded by a progressive world by going around in a dream world and trying to live up to a romantic, backward ideal of individual integrity?

Sometimes, even Georgette would get up and eat with them, bitching good-naturedly at being waked so early, but all of it as if it were in the family.

No son of a bitching Texas gut robber was going to tell Milton Anthony Warden what woman he could go out with and what one he couldnt.

The yellow light also attracted quite a few fellow humans, who would come in and spend some time, either relaxing or bitching about their day.

So after being perfectly outmaneuvered by committee and bumped upstairs to Commander of the new Starflight Agency, there was nothing left for him except bitching to Oscar and Anna about losing crucial people at critical times because they were needed to establish a duplicate facility at High Angel.

In a second the two were bitching away at each other in what Kacey figured was Georgian.

Bolex R32 digital recorder and BTL meters and lenses, including a bitching Angenieux zoom O.

Shelter in there started in to bitching about what was this shit, peanut butter sandwiches for fucking supper.

Was it that Cece loved the limelight or did she just rub arrogant bitches the wrong way?

Without looking down at her, Centaine exerted all her powers of telepathic communication to hold the bitch under control.

For an instant, Centaine considered forfeiting points by redirecting her bitch.

Ostrogoths, and hurried toward the Westenemy: over the ruins of the inner city, around the government quarter, close call on the Alexander-platz, guided through the Tiergarten by two bitches in heat, and damn near captured near the Zoological Gardens air raid shelter, where gigantic mousetraps were waiting for him, but he seven times circumambulated the Victory Column, shot down the Siegesallee, counseled by dog instinct, that wise old saw, joined a gang of civilian moving men, who were moving theater accessories from the exhibition pavilion by the radio tower to Nikolassee.

He had crippled himself trying to take her advice and immediately as the little bitch saw him helpless she ignored his orders and did as she damned well pleased.