See also: Bite, BITE, bité, bitē, bitė, bǐtè, and bitę

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Etymology edit

From Middle English biten, from Old English bītan (bite), from Proto-West Germanic *bītan, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną (bite), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (split).

Cognates include Saterland Frisian biete (bite), West Frisian bite (bite), Dutch bijten (bite), German Low German bieten (bite), German beißen, beissen (bite), Danish bide (bite), Swedish bita (bite), Norwegian Bokmål bite (bite), Norwegian Nynorsk bita (bite), Icelandic bíta (bite), Gothic 𐌱𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (beitan, bite), Latin findō (split), Ancient Greek φείδομαι (pheídomai), Sanskrit भिद् (bhid, break).

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bite (third-person singular simple present bites, present participle biting, simple past bit, past participle bitten or (rare) bit)

  1. (transitive) To cut into something by clamping the teeth.
    As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
  2. (transitive) To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
  3. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
    That dog is about to bite!
  4. (intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.
    If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite.
  5. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
    I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
  6. (intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.
    For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite.
  7. (intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
    Are the fish biting today?
  8. (intransitive, figurative) To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
    I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
  9. (intransitive, transitive, of an insect) To sting.
    These mosquitoes are really biting today!
  10. (intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.
    It bites like pepper or mustard.
  11. (transitive, sometimes figurative) To cause sharp pain or damage to; to hurt or injure.
    Pepper bites the mouth.
  12. (intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
  13. (intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.
    The anchor bites.
  14. (transitive) To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.
    The anchor bites the ground.
  15. (intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.
    This music really bites.
  16. (transitive, informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.
    You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.
  17. (intransitive, African-American Vernacular, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.
    He always be biting my moves.
  18. (obsolete, transitive, slang) To deceive or defraud; to take in.

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  • Sranan Tongo: beti

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bite (countable and uncountable, plural bites)

  1. The act of biting.
  2. The wound left behind after having been bitten.
    That snake bite really hurts!
  3. The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
    Synonym: sting
    After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.
  4. A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a mouthful.
    There were only a few bites left on the plate.
    • 1906, Hamilton Drummond, The Chain of Seven Lives, F. V. White & Co., Ltd., pages 182–183:
      Not a soul in Corlaix will dare give us bite, sup, or shelter; and we shall die starved in a ditch, all four of us—that much we are our own, but in all else we are Monseigneur’s; all else, I say, all—all.
  5. (slang) Something unpleasant.
    That's really a bite!
  6. (slang) An act of plagiarism.
    That song is a bite of my song!
  7. A small meal or snack.
    a bite to eat... I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner...
  8. (figuratively, uncountable) Aggression.
    • 1996 April 22, Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times:
      Kathy Santen is full of bite as the bizarrely seduced Lady Anne, although her exaggerated diction is a bit too snappishly Shakespearean.
    • 1998, Vidyut Bhagwat, “Pandita Ramabai’s Strī-Dharma Nīti and Tarabai Shinde’s Strī-Puruṣ Tulanā: The Inner Unity of the Texts”, in Anne Feldhaus, editor, Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society, State University of New York Press, →ISBN, page 211:
      In Tarabai’s text this exposure is direct, unusually blunt, full of bite and ridicule, and highly polemical.
    • 2011 March 2, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 3 - 0 Aston Villa”, in BBC[1]:
      City scored the goals but periods of ball possession were shared - the difference being Villa lacked bite in the opposition final third.
  9. The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has upon another.
  10. (colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
    • 1725, Thomas Gordon, The Humorist:
      The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching.
  11. (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.
    • 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, “Pickle Seems Tolerably Well Reconciled to His Cage; [] ”, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to IV), London: Harrison and Co., [], →OCLC, page 385, column 1:
      [I]t was conjectured, that Peregrine was a bite from the beginning, who had found credit on account of his effrontery and appearance, and impoſed himſelf upon the town as a young gentleman of fortune.
  12. (printing) A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening between the type and paper.
  13. (slang) A cut, a proportion of profits; an amount of money.
  14. (television) Ellipsis of sound bite.
    • 2015, Robert A. Papper, Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook:
      cold open: Starting a TV newscast with video or a bite from the lead story rather than starting with the anchor or the standard show open.

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bite

  1. vocative singular of bit

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bite f (plural bites)

  1. (slang, vulgar) knob, cock, dick
    Il a souri quand j’ai mis la main entre ses cuisses et je me suis mise à frotter sa grosse bite.
    He smiled when I put my hand between his thighs and started to rub his big cock.
    • 2006, “Je veux te voir”, in Pop Up, performed by Yelle:
      Je veux te voir / Dans un film pornographique / En action avec ta bite / Forme potatoes ou bien frites
      I want to see you / In a porno film / In action with your dick / Whether it's a French fry or a chunky chip
    • 2012, “Wesh Morray”, in Futur, performed by Booba:
      J’sors ma bite je la baise, tu sors ton biff tu la sors
      I get out my dick and I fuck her, you get out your cash and take her out
    • 2015 [2004], Stéphane Dompierre, Un petit pas pour l'homme, →ISBN, page 57:
      J’ai la bite tellement raide que si son copain passe, il pourra me l’arracher et me péter les dents avec. Je vis dans un film érotique et je ne baise pas. Je n’y comprends rien.
      My cock is so hard that if her boyfriend comes by, he'll be able to rip it off and smash my teeth in with it. I live in a porn film and I'm not getting laid. I don't understand it.

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bite

  1. fruit

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Unadapted borrowing from English bite.

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bite m (invariable)

  1. (dentistry) split (dental device)

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bite

  1. hot

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  • K. E. Herr (2011) The phonological interpretation of minor syllables, applied to Lemi Chin[2], Payap University, page 74

Latvian edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *bitē (compare Lithuanian bitė), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰey-, *bʰī-. Cognate to English bee.

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bite f (5th declension)

  1. bee

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Murui Huitoto edit

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Cognates include Minica Huitoto bite and Nüpode Huitoto bitde.

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  • IPA(key): [ˈbitɛ]
  • Hyphenation: bi‧te

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bite

  1. (intransitive) to come

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  • Shirley Burtch (1983) Diccionario Huitoto Murui (Tomo I) (Linguistica Peruana No. 20)‎[3] (in Spanish), Yarinacocha, Peru: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, page 36
  • Katarzyna Izabela Wojtylak (2017) A grammar of Murui (Bue): a Witotoan language of Northwest Amazonia.[4], Townsville: James Cook University press (PhD thesis), page 76

Neapolitan edit

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bite

  1. plural of bita

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bite

  1. (Halligen), (Mooring) To bite.

Norwegian Bokmål edit

Etymology edit

From Old Norse bíta, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split).

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bite (present tense biter, past tense bet or beit, past participle bitt, present participle bitende)

  1. To bite.

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bite (present tense bit, past tense beit, supine bite, past participle biten, present participle bitande, imperative bit)

  1. e-infinitive form of bita (in dialects with e-infinitive or split infinitive)

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Etymology edit

From Proto-West Germanic *biti.

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bite m

  1. bite

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbi.tɛ/
  • Rhymes: -itɛ
  • Syllabification: bi‧te

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bite

  1. inflection of bity:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural

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bite

  1. dative singular of bit

West Frisian edit

Etymology edit

From Old Frisian bīta.

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bite

  1. To bite.

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Strong class 1
infinitive bite
3rd singular past biet
past participle biten
infinitive bite
long infinitive biten
gerund biten n
auxiliary hawwe
indicative present tense past tense
1st singular byt biet
2nd singular bytst bietst
3rd singular byt biet
plural bite bieten
imperative byt
participles bitend biten

Further reading edit

  • bite (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011