Meaning of BITTER in English


— bitterish , adj. — bitterly , adv. — bitterness , n.

/bit"euhr/ , adj., bitterer, bitterest , n., v., adv.


1. having a harsh, disagreeably acrid taste, like that of aspirin, quinine, wormwood, or aloes.

2. producing one of the four basic taste sensations; not sour, sweet, or salt.

3. hard to bear; grievous; distressful: a bitter sorrow.

4. causing pain; piercing; stinging: a bitter chill.

5. characterized by intense antagonism or hostility: bitter hatred.

6. hard to admit or accept: a bitter lesson.

7. resentful or cynical: bitter words.


8. that which is bitter; bitterness: Learn to take the bitter with the sweet.

9. Brit. a very dry ale having a strong taste of hops.


10. to make bitter: herbs employed to bitter vermouth.


11. extremely; very; exceedingly: a bitter cold night.

[ bef. 1000; ME, OE biter; c. G bitter, ON bitr, Goth baitrs; akin to BITE ]

Syn. 1. acrid, biting, distasteful. 3. distressing, poignant, painful. 4. biting, nipping. 5. fierce, cruel, ruthless, relentless. 7. acrimonious, caustic, sardonic, scornful.

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