characteristic of a bitch; spiteful; malicious.
adjective bitchier, bitchiest
(informal) characteristic of or behaving like a bitch; malicious; snide: a bitchy put-down
Mr. Ramsay says we would now call the old dogs “bitchy” in face. That is because the Englishmen have gone in for the wrong sort of forefaces in their dogs, beginning with the days when Meersbrook Bristles and his type swept the judges off their feet and whiskers and an exaggerated face were called for in other varieties of terriers besides the wire haired fox. [James Watson, “The Dog Book,” New York, 1906]
Related: Bitchily; bitchiness.
Having the traits of a bitch; mean; nasty; vindictive (1930s+)
Good-looking; chic; classy (1930s+)
Sexually provocative: two bitchy strip queens (1920s+)
a female dog: The bitch won first place in the sporting dogs category. a female of canines generally. Slang. a malicious, unpleasant, selfish person, especially a woman. a lewd woman. Disparaging and Offensive. any woman. Slang. a person who is submissive or subservient to someone, usually in a humiliating way: Tom is so her bitch—he […]
to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth: She bit the apple greedily. The lion bit his trainer. to grip or hold with the teeth: Stop biting your lip! to sting, as does an insect. to cause to smart or sting: an icy wind that bit our faces. to sever with the teeth (often followed […]
a small metal projectile, part of a cartridge, for firing from small arms. a cartridge. a small ball. Printing. a heavy dot for marking paragraphs or otherwise calling attention to or itemizing particular sections of text, especially in display advertising. Cards. an ace. to move swiftly. bite the bullet, to force oneself to perform a […]