Definition of biting in English:



  • 1(of insects and certain other animals) able to wound the skin with a sting or fangs.

    ‘a cream to ward off biting insects’
    • ‘The grazing isn't as good, but they are able to find some respite from the biting insects.’
    • ‘But however insane a cloud of these biting insects may drive you, there is an upside.’
    • ‘One advantage of this pattern of disruptive coloration seems to be an effective adaptation to the presence of biting flies.’
    • ‘Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks are some of the well-known blood parasites that use CO2 as a directional cue.’
    • ‘Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.’
    • ‘She can stalk her prey secure in the fact that she will not lose a prize buck because she was busy slapping biting insects.’
    • ‘We couldn't always fish - sometimes there were swarms of mosquitos or biting flies, and the pond was riddled with cottonmouths.’
    • ‘They often left windows open, and used a brand name residential insecticide to kill the biting insects that got into their home.’
    • ‘M says that although he realises that Moog was provoked he's not prepared to have a biting dog in the house so if he ever shows signs of it again then he'll have to go.’
    • ‘The biting bugs spared him an attack along their traditional battle lines beyond the waistband but left their marks instead on both forearms.’
    • ‘During the hot weather it's a pestilential place, populated by heavy clouds of biting insects.’
    • ‘Bites from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies and some spiders also can cause reactions, but these are generally milder.’
    • ‘We are warned about the dreaded black biting flies, but having spent many a camping holiday in Skye and Ardnamurchan, where midges rule supreme, I reckon I can cope.’
    • ‘Today, it is estimated that more than half the people of the world eat a variety of flying, crawling, and biting bugs.’
    • ‘At stake are the lucrative European and Asian markets for machines capable of ridding the environment of biting insects.’
    • ‘That's because attacks by swarms of these relentless biting flies cause blood loss, stress, and feed-efficiency problems.’
    • ‘Could the viruses survive within biting insect populations for long enough considering these insects' life-spans?’
    • ‘Yeah, it only felt like a bunch of biting bugs on my face!’
    • ‘The biting flies, from the saltmarsh that abuts the Seaview Marriott course, often make life miserable for players and spectators alike.’
    • ‘Nothing will bring a romantic dreamer down to reality faster than the bug, and every biting insect seems to visit us in turn.’
  • 2(of wind or cold) so cold as to be painful.

    ‘he leant forward to protect himself against the biting wind’
    • ‘He didn't like it - the cold landscape with the biting chill of the wind on his face - because it felt so real.’
    • ‘Each individual had a unique humoral balance which could be easily disrupted by conditions such as cold, biting winds, poor air, or injudicious eating.’
    • ‘A cold, biting wind blew and the rose dropped soundless on the grave.’
    • ‘We've had hail and snow, with two hours of sun in between, and a biting cold wind that almost blew me away when I came out of B&Q, where I'd gone to buy shelves.’
    • ‘Gouthwaite near the northern end, you can't see the cold, biting rain in this picture, but I assure you it was there.’
    • ‘It can feel relatively warm, even in sub-zero temperatures, if the sky is clear and the sun is shining, while a higher temperature can feel relatively cool if accompanied by a biting cold wind.’
    • ‘You can almost feel the bitter cold and biting Antarctic wind in this excellent biography of a polar hero.’
    • ‘The biting wind was cold; it rustled through her clothes and froze her teeth.’
    • ‘It may have been the biting cold wind that concentrated minds on my questions, but contrary to what opinion surveys are finding, almost nobody owned up to being a don't know or no-show.’
    • ‘With the very cold biting wind on their backs and also the advantage of having the pitch incline in their favour, Carlow put on early pressure on the Wexford back line.’
    • ‘The winner was a five-and-a-half pound cod while hundreds of anglers caught nothing more than a cold, fighting off biting wind, rain and huge waves.’
    • ‘Groaning, I could only squirm as more winds of biting cold nipped at my body.’
    • ‘On a cold day with biting winds, protesters of all ages, religion and race joined the rally, organised by the Stop the War Coalition.’
    • ‘Situated on a ridge above Maneybhanjang, clouds from the northwest are ever present as is the cold and biting wind.’
    • ‘So focused was he that he did not even notice the biting wind of the cold winter night.’
    • ‘And with that his ever so silent manner seemed to return and he was headed off to the biting cold and howling winds.’
    • ‘Forcing it down, she hurried up the road and met the cold, biting wind head on.’
    • ‘Outside weatherwise it was the worst of times with damp cold drizzle and a biting breeze which made life miserable for man and beast, while inside around the ring it was the best of times.’
    • ‘I endured winter blizzards, biting gale force winds, pouring rain, fog, hailstones, and the energy-sapping humidity of midsummer.’
    • ‘Through rain, through wind, through biting cold, he ran as if his life depended on it, and it may very well have.’
    bitterly cold, freezing, icy-cold, arctic, glacial, frigid, frosty, icy, chilly
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1 (of wit or criticism) harsh or cruel.
      ‘his biting satire on corruption and power’
      • ‘She was a first-rate raconteur who delivered stories with dry, sometimes biting wit.’
      • ‘His criticisms, though occasionally biting, were never vicious, and invariably constructive.’
      • ‘It's not a biting criticism of the Anglican Church or of religion in general but a light-hearted poke at the churchmen of England.’
      • ‘Simmons, 50, captures the greed of the eighties with biting wit.’
      • ‘You have a biting wit and intense powers of observation.’
      • ‘Some of these amount to a biting criticism of our modern healthcare system.’
      • ‘What we should do is reach out to those who are now totally turned off by spoof films and offer some biting criticism of the spoof genre.’
      • ‘There are nice physical comedy moments as well as the biting wit of the verbal humor, but so much of it gets spoiled by the savage racism of the characters.’
      • ‘I have been struck by the lack of enthusiasm about this election in the British blogosphere, whose biting wit seems to have turned into dreary cynicism.’
      • ‘This, the film seems to argue, is central to shaping Whale's distrust of authority and his biting wit.’
      • ‘The sequences from The Mikado in particular impress one with their wit, their biting satire and their musicality.’
      • ‘Where was the biting wit and the constant chirping?’
      • ‘More biting criticism has come from another former insider.’
      • ‘It requires a biting wit and an ability to make fun of people even if they're being earnest, but especially if they're merely pretending to be earnest.’
      • ‘These biting criticisms and self-aware jokes are through the roof, but it's all built on top of great, great pain.’
      • ‘The director punches just the right sized holes allowing biting wit to illuminate the darkened text.’
      • ‘Even the biting wit of this film has something of lost innocence about it.’
      • ‘The review is a tremendous tribute to Tawney as a historian, his majestic style and his biting wit.’
      • ‘Dorothy Parker wrote for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines with a caustic pen, but her biting wit also had a mournful edge.’
      • ‘He began his speech with a biting criticism of corporate crime and introduced his Twelve-Step Congressional Candidate Pledge.’
      vicious, harsh, cruel, savage, cutting, sharp, bitter, sarcastic, scathing, incisive, trenchant, caustic, acid, mordant, astringent, acrimonious, acerbic, stinging, blistering, searing, withering
      View synonyms