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biting

[bahy-ting] /ˈbaɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
nipping; smarting; keen:
biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
2.
cutting; sarcastic:
a biting remark.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bitynge. See bite, -ing2
Related forms
bitingly, adverb
bitingness, noun
nonbiting, adjective
unbiting, adjective
Synonyms
2. incisive, trenchant; caustic, mordant, scathing, lacerating.
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British Dictionary definitions for bitingly

biting

/ˈbaɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
piercing; keen: a biting wind
2.
sarcastic; incisive: a biting comment
Derived Forms
bitingly, adverb
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