- The definition of bitter is having a harsh and disagreeable taste or something that is hard to bear.
- An example of bitter is the taste of an aspirin.
- An example of bitter is very cold weather.
- Bitter is defined as the quality of being harsh.
An example of bitter is weather with cold, wet wind.
Aspirin has a bitter taste.
- designating or having a sharp, often unpleasant taste; acrid, as quinine or peach stones
- causing or showing sorrow, discomfort, or pain; grievous
- sharp and disagreeable; harsh; severe; piercing: a bitter wind
- characterized by strong feelings of hatred, resentment, cynicism, etc.
Origin of bitterMiddle English ; from Old English biter, akin to bītan, bite
- in a way that is bitter; bitterly
- extremely: it was bitter cold
- a bitter quality or thing: take the bitter with the sweet
- Brit. bitter, strongly hopped ale
- Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.
- Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh: enveloped in bitter cold; a bitter wind.
- Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear: the bitter truth; bitter sorrow.
- Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity: a bitter struggle; bitter foes.
- Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment: cried bitter tears.
- Marked by resentment or cynicism: “He was already a bitter elderly man with a gray face” (John Dos Passos).
transitive verbbit·tered, bit·ter·ing, bit·ters
- That which is bitter: “all words &ellipsis; / Failing to give the bitter of the sweet” (Tennyson).
- bitters A bitter, usually alcoholic liquid made with herbs or roots and used in cocktails or as a tonic.
- Chiefly British A sharp-tasting beer made with hops.
Origin of bitterMiddle English, from Old English; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative bitterer or more bitter, superlative bitterest or most bitter)
- Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)
- The coffee tasted bitter.
- 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)
- Hateful or hostile.
- They're bitter enemies.
- Cynical and resentful.
- I've been bitter ever since that defeat.
- 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.
- (cynical and resentful): optimistic
(third-person singular simple present bitters, present participle bittering, simple past and past participle bittered)
- To make bitter.