Definition of bitch in English:


Pronunciation /biCH/ /bɪtʃ/

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  • 1A female dog, wolf, fox, or otter.

    ‘A female puppy or bitch reaches sexual maturity at roughly the same age as a male; however, there are variations among breeds and individuals.’
    • ‘Both horses and hounds had central heating by flues and the dog kennel alone measured 405 feet long with numerous separate compartments for bitches, puppies and dogs.’
    • ‘And, yes, being canine, a female wolf could also be called a bitch.’
    • ‘Ethical breeders, whether they own the dog or the bitch, don't breed a litter to make money but because they love the breed and need to cover some substantial costs.’
    • ‘The BBC was shown a secret report in which the vet says the practice of keeping stud dogs chained outside in all weathers and breeding bitches and stud dogs confined to their pens constituted cruelty.’
    • ‘Incredibly one of Mrs Greening's stolen dogs, a pregnant bitch called Ellie May, was found sitting in a wicker basket outside a shop in a village near Frome on Monday.’
    • ‘The examinations did not show any fetuses and the bitches did not bear any puppies.’
    • ‘Tibetan Mastiffs are still a primitive breed, which is evident by the fact that the bitches have a single oestrus per year.’
    • ‘Breeders who select the stud dogs and bitches within a breed effectively direct the breed's progress, and among sheepdogs, the eminent dogs have been those that excelled at sheepdog trials.’
    • ‘If your dog is not correctly registered you are likely to have difficulty should you wish to enter it in shows, breed your bitch or if you have selected a male dog, advertise for stud services.’
    • ‘Trevor says his useless dog - a bitch, actually - ‘chases birds and rounds up hens,’ but usually flakes out in the sun.’
    • ‘Because of dog fanciers' inclination to breed their bitches to current winners, his selections wielded a great influence on the development of the German shepherd breed.’
    • ‘Registrations started in 1907, with three dogs and four bitches.’
    • ‘Additional points are gained by winning Best of Winners, if there are fewer dogs than bitches entered, or vice versa.’
    • ‘Two bitches carried puppies to term; one of which one died shortly after birth.’
    • ‘Two packs of angry aggressive dogs hunting in heat bitches were looking very dangerous so I chose to cross the road to pass.’
    • ‘And, we may note from the use of ‘his’, it is a dog not a bitch.’
    • ‘Also, you can ask for a reference from an owner of one of the bitch's puppies.’
    • ‘An important decision you will need to make is whether to buy a dog or a bitch.’
    • ‘An owner of two Labrador stud dogs and a bitch, she eventually hopes to breed and train suitable assistance dogs for work with blind and deaf people.’
  • 2derogatory A spiteful, unpleasant, or disliked woman.

    • ‘Watching that smile fade in to horror as she saw herself depicted as a two-faced, backstabbing, malicious bitch was even more priceless.’
    • ‘Well, some girls specialise in married men because they're dumb, nasty bitches who genuinely dislike other women.’
    • ‘I was being labeled as a volatile, malicious bitch, and whenever anyone said anything to me, they would cower slightly, as if they were just waiting for me to lash out at them.’
    • ‘It was Edna ‘hellcat’ Broom, aka, the bitch who pushed in front of me in the line at the Commonwealth Bank, and refused to move.’
    • ‘I have to say that without a shred of doubt you are the biggest most unpleasant bitch it has ever been my misfortune to run across.’
    • ‘Because there was no way I could ever believe the words of a malicious, acidic, jealous bitch over those of someone who was as earnest, uncomplaining, and understanding as Will.’
    • ‘Why are you always so sweet and nice to the boys but such a bitch to fellow females?’
    • ‘And likewise, all you lads out there, we are not being whinging, moaning bitches when we complain you don't call us; it's that you don't call when you SAY you are going to that bugs us so much.’
    • ‘I wish people would just either be nice and stay nice or be a bitch and stay a bitch, it'd make life so much easier.’
    • ‘My mom is, well, there is no other word to describe her than a bitch; a normally-drunk bitch.’
    • ‘‘You're such a bitch,’ Jo complained that night as she dug her hand into the Milky Way bag.’
    • ‘Deirdre's mother Blanche is a poisonous old bat and the daughter Tracy is not only a bitch among bitches but what my dad would have called ‘a distasteful woman’ (let's leave it at that).’
    • ‘And without overplaying the feminist card, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that she suffers a bit from tabloid syndrome, that over-easy presentation of media women as bitches with sharp stilettos.’
    • ‘The only major thing that could change (aside from the woman not being a bitch and letting her rescuer slip into the depths of the Atlantic at the end) is that the ship makes it across instead of sinking.’
    • ‘You were noisy and abusive, calling your girlfriend a bitch and a tart, and you caused great unease among the other passengers in the confined space of the aircraft.’
    shrew, cow, witch, cat
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    1. 2.1offensive A woman.
      • ‘It's music made by cool bitches for cool bitches like me.’
      lady, adult female, female
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    2. 2.2informal A person who is completely subservient to another.
      • ‘he will always be her bitch’
      • ‘They're just being Vince's little bitches.’
      • ‘We're not totally against the idea, but only if he appears as Jar Jar's bitch.’
      • ‘Who's going to be the bitch now?’
      • ‘It certainly should not come as a surprise that his bitch might bring it up.’
      subordinate, inferior, deputy, junior, assistant, adjutant, aide, minion, lackey, flunkey, menial, retainer, vassal, subject, serf, hireling, servant, henchman, myrmidon, right-hand man, right-hand woman, girl Friday, man Friday, factotum, stooge
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    3. 2.3US informal Used as a form of address.
      • ‘I'm free, bitches!’
  • 3a bitchinformal A difficult or unpleasant situation or thing.

    • ‘the stove is a bitch to fix’
    • ‘Also, nightshifts are a bitch to write blogposts in.’
    • ‘What a bitch, what an absolute and complete bitch.’
    • ‘It's a bitch being so multi-talented - an ideal host, an excellent chef, a friend to the stars, a masterful party DJ.’
    • ‘I mean I know gas prices are high and you probably have taken out a second mortgage just to keep that thing running, but as they say - karma's a bitch, lady.’
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  • 4informal A complaint.

    • ‘my big bitch is that there's nothing new here’
    • ‘My chiefest bitch is neither the hardware nor the software nor the infrastructure have any feedback mechanism whatsoever.’
    complaint, moan, grumble, gripe, grouse, grouch
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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1informal Express displeasure; grumble.

    • ‘they bitch about everything’
    be spiteful about, criticize, find fault with, run down, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, slander, malign
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    1. 1.1Make spitefully critical comments.
      • ‘everybody was bitching about their colleagues’
      be spiteful about, criticize, find fault with, run down, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, slander, malign
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Old English bicce, of Germanic origin.