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[bahy-ting] /ˈbaɪ tɪŋ/
nipping; smarting; keen:
biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
cutting; sarcastic:
a biting remark.
Origin of biting
1250-1300; Middle English bitynge. See bite, -ing2
Related forms
bitingly, adverb
bitingness, noun
nonbiting, adjective
unbiting, adjective
2. incisive, trenchant; caustic, mordant, scathing, lacerating. Unabridged
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  • Trust Howbridge for feathering his nest all right, said the seamstress, bitingly.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • "I s'pose there's no need o' my settin' down," she remarked, bitingly.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • This was said in good-humour, and with a laugh; but it was also said bitingly.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • "I thought you could handle routine operations," he said bitingly.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • "Take care that next time the Falling Wall doesn't clean you up," she said bitingly.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • "You deserve all the punishment you are enduring," I bitingly told him.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective Police Captain Howard
  • "You did not hesitate to accept some rather expensive pearls if I remember correctly," said Mrs. Tresslyn bitingly.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • "You're overbearing, supercilious and egotistic," went on Nora bitingly.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
  • Belmont was reached after dark; the troops were without over-coats or blankets, and the night was bitingly cold.

  • The wind, bitingly cold, drove the snow before it in an almost solid wall.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
British Dictionary definitions for bitingly


piercing; keen: a biting wind
sarcastic; incisive: a biting comment
Derived Forms
bitingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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