backbite vs bitch what difference

what is difference between backbite and bitch

English

Alternative forms

  • back-bite

Etymology

From Middle English bakbiten, bacbiten, equivalent to back- +‎ bite. Cognate with Icelandic bakbíta (to backbite, vilify).

Verb

backbite (third-person singular simple present backbites, present participle backbiting, simple past backbit, past participle backbitten)

  1. To make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone.
  2. (informal) To attack from behind or when out of earshot with spiteful or defamatory remarks.
  3. To speak badly of an absent individual.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:defame

Derived terms

  • backbiter
  • backbiting

Translations

Noun

backbite (plural backbites)

  1. One who engages in backbiting; a backbiter.

Anagrams

  • bite back


English

Etymology

From Middle English biche, bicche, from Old English biċċe, from Proto-Germanic *bikjǭ (compare Norwegian bikkje (dog), Old Danish bikke), from *bikjaną (to thrust, attack) (compare Old Norse bikkja (plunge into water), Dutch bikken (to hack)). More at bicker.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bĭch, IPA(key): /bɪt͡ʃ/
  • (Can we verify(+) this pronunciation?) (Slang) IPA(key): /bɪt͡s/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

Noun

bitch (plural bitches)

  1. (dated or specialised, dog-breeding) A female dog or other canine, particularly a recent mother.
    • 1953, LIFE (volume 34, number 6, page 110)
      All members of one breed, both dog and bitch, champion and nonchampion, are judged in a series of competitions until only one animal remains.
  2. (archaic, offensive) A promiscuous woman, slut, whore.
  3. (vulgar, offensive) A despicable or disagreeable, aggressive person, usually a woman. [from 15th c.]
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, I. iv. 60:
      ‘Look at the children, you nasty little bitch!’ he sneered.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 70
      HASSAN: “You cheap Factualist bitch! Go and never darken my rumpus room again!”
  4. (vulgar, offensive) A woman.
  5. (vulgar, offensive) A man considered weak, effeminate, timid or pathetic in some way
    1. (LGBT, slang, derogatory) An obviously gay man.
  6. (vulgar, offensive) A submissive person who does what others want; (prison slang) a man forced or coerced into a homoerotic relationship. [from the 20th c]
    Dude, don’t be such a bitch. Assert yourself.
    You’re so weak-willed with your girlfriend. You must be the real bitch in the relationship.
    • 1999 September 23, Chris Sheridan, “This House Is Freakin’ Sweet”, “Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater”, Family Guy, season 2, episode 1, Fox Broadcasting Company
      Now that you’re stinking rich, we’d gladly be your bitch.
  7. (obsolete, informal, of a man) A playful variation on dog (sense “man”). [from the 16th c]
  8. (humorous, vulgar, colloquial, used with a possessive pronoun) Friend. [from the 20th c]
    What’s up, my bitch?
    How my bitches been doin’?
  9. (vulgar, colloquial) A complaint, especially when the complaint is unjustified.
  10. (colloquial, vulgar, usually only used in the singular) A difficult or confounding problem.
    Level 5 was a real bitch, don’t you think?
    That’s a bitch of a question.
  11. (colloquial) A queen (playing card), particularly the queen of spades in the card game of hearts.
  12. (vulgar, figuratively) Something unforgiving and unpleasant.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 27:
      …he wrote to me last week telling me about an incredible bitch of a row blazing there on account of someone having been and gone and produced an unofficial magazine called Raddled, full of obscene libellous Oz-like filth. And what I though, what Sammy and I thought, was—why not?
    Karma’s a bitch.
  13. (vulgar, informal, slang) Place; situation
    I’m ’bout to get up outta this bitch.

Usage notes

  • While bitch’s original canine sense permits it to be used in most media, it remains offensive enough that, in the US, it is often minced (as b, b-word, or female dog) in formal contexts.

Alternative forms

(offensive senses):
  • bih
  • biatch/biotch; beatch/beotch
  • binch
  • biyatch/biyotch; beeyatch/beeyotch
  • bizatch/biznatch

Synonyms

  • (female dog, etc): doggess (rare), female (when the species is specified or implied), she-dog
  • (malicious, etc, woman): See Thesaurus:shrew or Thesaurus:jerk
  • (malicious, etc, man): See Thesaurus:bastard or Thesaurus:jerk
  • (jocular slang, one’s friend): See Thesaurus:friend
  • (person in an unfavorable, undesirable position):
  • (person in a relationship who is made to adopt a submissive role): doormat, slave
  • (man forced into a homoerotic relationship in prison): punk, gunsel
  • (a complaint): gripe, grumble, kvetch, moan, whinge
  • (difficult or confounding problem): toughie, stinker, pain in the ass
  • (to talk about):

Hyponyms

female canine
  • brach, a female hound
  • vixen, a female fox
  • she-wolf

Derived terms

Translations

References

  • Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. →ISBN

Verb

bitch (third-person singular simple present bitches, present participle bitching, simple past and past participle bitched)

  1. (vulgar, intransitive) To behave or act as a bitch.
  2. (vulgar, intransitive) To criticize spitefully, often for the sake of complaining rather than in order to have the problem corrected.
    All you ever do is bitch about the food I cook for you!
    • 2008, Patterson Hood, “The Righteous Path”:
      I ain’t bitching ’bout things that aren’t in my grasp
      Just trying to hold steady on the righteous path.
  3. (vulgar, transitive) To spoil, to ruin.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade’s End), p. 162:
      ‘You’re a Franco-maniac…You’re thought to be a French agent…That’s what’s bitching your career!’

Synonyms

  • (make derogatory comments): badmouth, slag off (UK), snipe
  • (complain spitefully): See Thesaurus:complain

Translations

References


Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English bitch, from Middle English biche, bicche, from Old English biċċe, from Proto-Germanic *bikjǭ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪtʃ/
  • Hyphenation: bitch

Noun

bitch f (plural bitches, diminutive bitchje n)

  1. (derogatory) bitch (somewhat general term of abuse for a woman; disagreeable, assertive, aggressive or malicious woman)
    Synonyms: teef, trut, kreng
  2. (derogatory) bitch (person in a submissive or low-placed position)

Related terms

  • bitchen

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English bitch, from Middle English biche, bicche, from Old English biċċe, from Proto-Germanic *bikjǭ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bitʃ/

Noun

bitch f (plural bitchs)

  1. bitch (disagreeable, despicable woman)

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