afterbite

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From after- +‎ bite.

NounEdit

afterbite (plural afterbites)

  1. Something that lingers after it is bitten, especially a smatch or flavour; aftertaste.
  2. (figuratively and by extension) That which returns with a memory, usually one that is bitter or painful
    • 2002, Monica Wood, Secret Language:
      She's dressed exactly like Faith, her hair winched into the same yellow braids. She can still feel the afterbite of Delle's nails as she raked the hair back, complaining.
    • 2000, Roger Kahn, Good Enough to Dream:
      That is a marvelous month to start, particularly in the North where some April days sting with the afterbite of winter and others glow with summer promise.
Last modified on 23 November 2013, at 19:25