Definition of bitch in English:

bitch

Pronunciation /biCH/ /bɪtʃ/

See synonyms for bitch

Translate bitch into Spanish

noun

  • 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
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1offensive A woman.
      • ‘It's music made by cool bitches for cool bitches like me.’
      lady, adult female, female
      View synonyms
    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
      View synonyms
    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.’
    nightmare
    View synonyms
  • 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
    View synonyms

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
    View synonyms
    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
      View synonyms

Origin

Old English bicce, of Germanic origin.