Definition of bitch in US English:



  • 1A female dog, wolf, fox, or otter.

    • ‘Two packs of angry aggressive dogs hunting in heat bitches were looking very dangerous so I chose to cross the road to pass.’
    • ‘And, yes, being canine, a female wolf could also be called a bitch.’
    • ‘Also, you can ask for a reference from an owner of one of the bitch's puppies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The examinations did not show any fetuses and the bitches did not bear any puppies.’
    • ‘Registrations started in 1907, with three dogs and four bitches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trevor says his useless dog - a bitch, actually - ‘chases birds and rounds up hens,’ but usually flakes out in the sun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tibetan Mastiffs are still a primitive breed, which is evident by the fact that the bitches have a single oestrus per year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, we may note from the use of ‘his’, it is a dog not a bitch.’
    • ‘A female puppy or bitch reaches sexual maturity at roughly the same age as a male; however, there are variations among breeds and individuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two bitches carried puppies to term; one of which one died shortly after birth.’
    • ‘An important decision you will need to make is whether to buy a dog or a bitch.’
    • ‘Additional points are gained by winning Best of Winners, if there are fewer dogs than bitches entered, or vice versa.’
  • 2informal A spiteful or unpleasant woman.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, some girls specialise in married men because they're dumb, nasty bitches who genuinely dislike other women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My mom is, well, there is no other word to describe her than a bitch; a normally-drunk bitch.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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're such a bitch,’ Jo complained that night as she dug her hand into the Milky Way bag.’
    • ‘Watching that smile fade in to horror as she saw herself depicted as a two-faced, backstabbing, malicious bitch was even more priceless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before I have a chance to agree, he adds, ‘A lady is a lady and a bitch is a bitch.’’
    shrew, vixen, she-devil, hellcat
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    1. 2.1offensive A woman.
      lady, girl, member of the fair sex, member of the gentle sex, female
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    2. 2.2 A person who is completely subservient to another.
      ‘he will always be her bitch’
      • ‘They're just being Vince's little bitches.’
      • ‘Who's going to be the bitch now?’
      • ‘We're not totally against the idea, but only if he appears as Jar Jar's bitch.’
      • ‘It certainly should not come as a surprise that Cheney's 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
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    3. 2.3US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a bitch being so multi-talented - an ideal host, an excellent chef, a friend to the stars, a masterful party DJ.’
    complaint, moan, grumble, gripe, grouse, grouch
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  • 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
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[no object]informal
  • Express displeasure; grumble.

    ‘they bitch about everything’
    ‘we're tired of your bitching’
    • ‘I think that if you read through the blog, you can see that I praise students or empathize with them at least as much as I bitch about them.’
    • ‘It seems to me he would be better sorting outrages like this out rather than bitching about colleagues, dreaming up more schemes.’
    • ‘All he has done is whine, bitch, moan and complain since he signed his contract.’
    • ‘It is all right if one complains / bitches about a problem one has, but if the bitching continues for more than half an hour OR the complaining topic is discussed at every session, that would be way too much for her to handle.’
    • ‘They don't bitch about fights they've had with their husbands.’
    • ‘Not being able to have a whinge about the cinema, how the coke is flat, how dire and cheesy the ads are, giggling over the trailers, bitching about the moron in the back row who took a laser pen to the cinema.’
    • ‘I just don't get people who bitch about weather or traffic.’
    • ‘Women do themselves no favours either by bitching about other women's bodily shortcomings.’
    • ‘Anyway, so I'm writing to bitch about something new!’
    • ‘Your closest allies are from Europe, your closest ally is a pivotal member of the European Union, and yet to bitch about an entire people because of an internal political debate.’
    • ‘If I was in a wedding and someone cancelled, I would understand, but I would bitch about it behind their back, first.’
    • ‘It feels good to have taken a break and come together with some like-minded people (even it is a common fault of expats everywhere that they sit around tables bitching about the local population).’
    • ‘The premise is that wealthy footballers are thick and self-absorbed, and that their spouses have little option but to while away long hours plotting affairs and bitching about each other.’
    • ‘And if you don't mind bitching about fellow group members, you can dine out on your traveller's tales for years to come.’
    • ‘So when I went to the post office and found a line snaking all the way out the door, my first reaction was to pull out my cell and call Big D to bitch about the inconvenience.’
    • ‘44% even bitch about girls in their group when they're not there… miaow!’
    • ‘At his press conference yesterday, when he wasn't bitching about the UK he did find time to talk about the report, although he didn't say much.’
    • ‘I did struggle at times with the workload, but I always met my deadlines, I didn't bitch about it and always showed flexibility and excellent change management skills.’
    • ‘Two fairly upper-class grand dames watching - and bitching about - other people's dinner parties.’
    • ‘Later I went all the way up to 86th and Lex, which, though I like to bitch about going to the Upper East Side, or, for that matter, the Upper Anything, took me no time at all.’
    • ‘Imagine if your job required you to take apart a gun every other year, regardless of the likelihood you'd ever have to use one - this is the sort of thing you'd bitch about in the cafeteria.’
    • ‘Back at the production office, cantankerous crew members order pizza for lunch and bitch about the situation.’
    • ‘I'm not going to bitch about my roommate, I promise.’
    • ‘I recalled a conversation the previous Christmas when he was one of a number of people bitching about certain colleagues who were blatantly carrying on despite being married to other people.’
    • ‘Oh, I don't mean to bitch about Big Pants and the return of Hippy Chic - youth fashion is nearly always stupid and embarrassing, if only in retrospect.’
    • ‘Turns out the real me is just an angry bitch who walks around bitching about people's eating habits.’
    • ‘Anyways, whinge, bitch and moan later and I tell her to leave the machine with me and I'll take care of it.’
    • ‘I may bitch about her to friends, but I'm nothing but nice to her, because I find it impossible not to try to be a considerate roommate, even when I have a roommate who isn't.’
    • ‘I don't regret bloging, I don't think it's a fad, I don't think its just something to bitch about things with.’
    • ‘They all bitch about each other - even Marco, Nadia, Emma and the Bunny Boiler bitch about people.’
    • ‘So presumably she won't be doing what she did with the first film, bitching about it, changing her mind close to release and saying it's wonderful, then going on in interviews afterwards about how it really was rubbish after all.’
    • ‘Look, Americans can bitch about all these things, but they don't force policies which could prevent them through Congress.’
    • ‘Our movie session finished at 12 am and I was too tired to bitch about the movie.’
    • ‘Bear with me while I bitch about my job for a bit, will you?’
    • ‘Well, I took him into the lion's den and let him hear one really difficult customer bitch and moan for a solid hour.’
    • ‘Joanna is discovered first in a filthy flat full of empty whisky bottles, dead flowers and cat litter, bitching about other actors.’
    • ‘What she CAN'T do, however, is carry on taking them and bitch like a fishwife about having headaches and expect to miss any more school.’
    • ‘She revealed plans to entertain herself in the house by bitching about the other housemates and said if her fellow housemates nominated her it would be for stirring things up.’
    • ‘So much for fancying each other, bitching about people, discussing the latest episode of Eastenders.’
    • ‘Nobody on this team bitches, nobody moans, they just want to get the results.’
    be spiteful about, criticize, find fault with, run down, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, slander, malign
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Old English bicce, of Germanic origin.