AskDefine | Define bitter

Dictionary Definition

bitter adj
1 marked by strong resentment or cynicism; "an acrimonious dispute"; "bitter about the divorce" [syn: acrimonious]
2 very difficult to accept or bear; "the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow"
3 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" [syn: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, venomous, virulent, vitriolic]
4 one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine
5 expressive of severe grief or regret; "shed bitter tears"
6 proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; "a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies"
7 causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; "bitter cold"; "a biting wind" [syn: biting]

Noun

1 English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)
2 the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth [syn: bitterness]
3 the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste [syn: bitterness] adv : extremely and sharply; "it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold" [syn: piercingly, bitterly, bitingly] v : make bitter

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

bitter

Pronunciation

  • /ˈbɪtə/ italbrac RP
  • /ˈbɪtər/ italbrac US
  • Rhymes: -ɪtə(r)

Homophones

Adjective

  1. Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)
    The coffee was bitter.
  2. Harsh, piercing or stinging
    A bitter wind blew from the north.
    1999: It was at the end of February, ... when the world was cold, and a bitter wind howled down the moors.... — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 31 (Perennial paperback edition)
  3. Hateful or hostile
    They're bitter enemies.
  4. Cynical and resentful
    I've been bitter ever since that defeat.

Usage notes

  • The one-word comparative form bitterer and superlative form bitterest exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts |more bitter and |most bitter.

Translations

having an acrid taste
harsh, piercing or stinging
hateful or hostile
cynical and resentful

Noun

  1. (usually in the plural bitters) A liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
  2. A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.

Translations

liquid or powder used in mixed drinks or as tonic
  • Danish: bitter
  • Hungarian: gyomorkeserű
type of beer
  • Danish: bitter

Danish

Etymology 1

From German bitter

Adjective

bitter, bitrere, bitrest
  1. bitter (all meanings)
Related terms

Noun

bitter
  1. bitter (the liquid used in drinks)
  2. A bitter form of an aquavit

Etymology 2

From English bitter

Noun

bitter
  1. bitter (type of beer - only known generally in Denmark for a few years)

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. bitter (having an acrid taste)

Related terms

verbitterd

See also

zoet, zout, zuur

German

Etymology

Old High German bittar

Adjective

  1. bitter

Italian

Noun

bitter

Old English

Etymology

Maybe from the verb *bitan

Adjective

bitter

Swedish

Pronunciation

Adjective

bitter

Extensive Definition

Bitter can refer to:
  • Bitter, one of the five basic tastes;
  • Bitter, a kind of ale particularly popular in Britain or
  • Bitters, an herbal preparation now used mostly in cocktails.
  • Bitter, a German car company
  • Bitterness, an emotion similar to resentment.
  • Francis Bitter, American physicist
  • Bitter Coat, A kind of clothing used in Brazilian ceremonies
  • Bitter, single by New Zealand band Shihad. Released in August of 1995, featured two b-sides: Bring your Friends and Just Like Everybody Else.
  • Bitter, an album by Me'shell Ndegeocello.
bitter in German: Bitter (Begriffsklärung)
bitter in French: Amertume
bitter in Italian: Amaro (disambigua)
bitter in Dutch: Bitter
bitter in Norwegian: Bitter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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