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bikelike etymology bike + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a bicycle.
    • 1963, Popular Science (volume 183, number 5, November 1963, page 185) The bikelike steering handlebars are bent and welded from pipe or conduit.
Synonyms: bicyclelike
bike path
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) bicycle path
bikeporn etymology From bike + porn
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Images of bicycle, and associated equipment, in a style meant to arouse feelings of appreciation and envy.
quotations: {{seecites}}
biker pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbaɪkɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who rides a bicycle, a cyclist.
  2. A person whose lifestyle is centered on motorcycle, sometimes a member of an outlaw motorcycle club.
Synonyms: (1) bikie (Australia, some hold that there is a distinction), motorcyclist, (2) cyclist
bikie etymology From bike + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Australia) A motorcyclist who is a member of a gang; a biker.
    • 2008 February 19, Dylan Welch, ,
    A luxury waterfront flat believed to be owned by a Hells Angels bikie in Sydney was searched by police this afternoon.
The term is popularly used of gang members by others; the members themselves prefer the more neutral term biker.
  • kibei
bilat etymology Shortening of bilateral.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bilateral meeting.
    • 2004, Harvey J. Langholtz, Chris E. Stout, The psychology of diplomacy (page 12) The bilats will often be no more than a few minutes, long enough to say hello and snap some photos…
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bilge etymology A nautical/shipbuilding term, likely derived from bulge. pronunciation
  • /bɪldʒ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides.
  2. (nautical) The lowest inner part of a ship's hull, where water accumulates.
  3. (uncountable) The water accumulated in the bilge, the bilge water.
  4. (slang, uncountable) Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
  5. The bulging part of a barrel or cask.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical, intransitive) To spring a leak in the bilge.
  2. (intransitive) To bulge or swell.
  3. (nautical, transitive) To break open the bilge(s) of.
related terms:
  • bilgewater / bilge water
  • bilge pump
bilgewater etymology bilge + water pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪldʒwɔtɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) Water which collects in the bilges of a ship.
  2. (slang) Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
Synonyms: (nonsense) tosh; gibberish; gobbledegook
Bill etymology {{rfe}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name William.
    • 1974 , Tinker. Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Simon&Schuster, 2002, ISBN 0743457900, page 7 "My other name's Bill," he said. "I was christened Bill but Mr Thursgood calls me William." / "Bill, eh. The unpaid Bill. Anyone ever call you that?" / "No, sir." / "Good name, anyway." / "Yes, sir." / "Known a lot of Bills. They've all been good 'uns."
    • 1998 , About A Boy, Victor Gollancz, 1998, ISBN 0575061596, page 208 One of his neighbours opposite, a nice old guy with a stoop and a horrible little Yorkshire terrier, called him Bill - always had done and presumably always would, right up till the day he died. It actually irritated Will, who was not, he felt, by any stretch of the imagination, a Bill. Bill wouldn't smoke spliffs and listen to Nirvana. So why had he allowed this misapprehension to continue? Why hadn't he just said, four years ago, "Actually my name is Will"?
  2. (British, slang) A nickname for the British constabulary. Often called "The Bill" or "Old Bill"
  3. (US, slang) One Hundred Dollars.
Billary etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, slang, sometimes, pejorative) The political union of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
billet barge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (motorcyles, slang) A large motorbike with multiple chrome (or similar) cosmetic modifications.
  • {{rfdate}}, Mike Seate, How to Build a Pro Streetbike (ISBN 1610609751), page 6: From Detroit to Daytona Beach, from Brooklyn to the Bay Area, the streets are ruled by tight superbikes that put yesterday's Evo-powered billet barges to shame.
billion etymology From French billion pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪljən/
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numeral: {{head}} {{enum}} {{enum}}
  1. (US, modern British & Australian, short scale) A milliard, a thousand million: 1 followed by nine zeros, 109.
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  2. (dated, British & Australian, long scale) A million million: a 1 followed by twelve zeros, 1012.
  3. (colloquial, in the plural, hyperbole) A very large number. exampleThere were billions of people at the concert.
related terms:
  • trillion, coined at same time
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) many, loads, a great deal There's billions of people at the concert.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of billion
billy pronunciation
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A billy club.
  2. A billy goat.
    • 1970 August, Valerius Geist, Mountain Goat Mysteries, , [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=SdvlTv3zIrGtiQekz8i2BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22billies%22%20-intitle%3A%22billy|billies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22billy%22&f=false page 62], Then, during three days, I was amazed to see nannies with kids attack and chase off large billies.
    • 1992, Dwight R. Schuh, Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus), in Bowhunter's Encyclopedia, [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=VODlTrqLBo6tiQeOz-i1BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22billies%22%20-intitle%3A%22billy|billies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22billy%22&f=false page 276], In fact, distinguishing between billies and nannies isn't necessarily a sure thing.
    • 2002, Douglas H. Chadwick, A Beast the Color of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed, [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=L97lTtqUEZDBiQeepKG2BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22billies%22%20-intitle%3A%22billy|billies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22billy%22&f=false page 159], It isn't just billies that enter the bleak season with rut-depleted fat reserves, but rams, bull elk, buck deer, and others.
    1. A male goat; a ram.
  3. (Geordie) A good friend.
  4. (Australia, New Zealand) A tin used by bushmen to boil tea, a billypot.
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  5. (UK, Australia) A billycan. Let's get the billy and cook some beans.
    • 1889, Ernest Giles, Australia Twice Traversed, 2004, [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=JP3lTsqUO4SciQe50Zm2BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22billies%22%20-intitle%3A%22billy|billies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22billy%22&f=false page 239], We had been absent from civilisation, so long, that our tin billies, the only boiling utensils we had, got completely worn or burnt out at the bottoms, and as the boilings for glue and oil must still go on, what were we to do with billies with no bottoms?
    • 2011, Rod Moss, The Hard Light of Day: An Artist's Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country, [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=JP3lTsqUO4SciQe50Zm2BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22billies%22%20-intitle%3A%22billy|billies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22billy%22&f=false unnumbered page], Over the fence, in a shallow gully 100 metres away, this guy and his wife were living on the dirt in the open weather with just a blanket, billies, a dog and a transistor radio. They didn't even have water.
  6. (slang) A condom (From the E-Rotic song "Willy, Use a Billy...Boy")
  7. A slub or roving machine.
    • 1840, The Citizen, [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=ngTmTojVKMaTiAfcv6G2BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22billies%22%20-intitle%3A%22billy|billies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22billy%22&f=false page 347], …at the time there existed in Dublin and its immediate neighbourhood, “forty-five manufacturers, having twenty-two billies, giving employment to 2885 work people, on whom depended for support 7386 individuals, manufacturing 29,312 pieces of cloth, of various qualities, valued at £336,380.”
    • 1967, Jennifer Tann, Gloucestershire Woollen Mills: Industrial Archaeology, [http//|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&dq=%22billies%22+-intitle:%22billy|billies%22+-inauthor:%22billy%22&hl=en&ei=uQfmTub9K8euiQe-lLi2BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y page 126], On the second floor there were 2 billies, 1 carding and 1 scribbling machine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The greatest extent or degree of something; used in comparisons to indicate a superlative.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) woman
  • BMI, IBM, MiB
bimbette etymology bimbo + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A bimbo; a foolish, ditzy female.
    • 2006-09-19 , Michael , Dibdin , Back to Bologna , 9780307275882 , 3430975M , 31 , , Flanked by two beaming bimbettes wearing smiles as big as their boobs and very little else, …
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bimbo etymology From Italian bimbo, variant of bambino. Originated in Italian American theater, attested 1919, as “stupid, inconsequential man”, by 1920 developed sense of “floozie, attractive and stupid woman”.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Popularized in 1920s by Jack Conway of entertainment magazine , who also popularized baloney and palooka. Revived in popularity in 1980s US political sex scandals. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɪmbəʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbɪmboʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A physically attractive woman who lacks intelligence.
  2. (derogatory, slang) A stupid or a foolish person.
Synonyms: airhead, dumb blonde, floozie, See also
quotations: (physically attractive woman who lacks intelligence)
  • A bimbo is a woman who is not pretty enough to be a model, not smart enough to be an actress, and not nice enough to be a poisonous snake. —
  • 2004: Fey [...] makes hay with the thought processes of a purebred bimboThe New Yorker, 10 May 2004.
(stupid or foolish person)
  • * , 1960 , P. G. Wodehouse , Jeeves in the Offing , chapter III , “And one had to remember that most of the bimbos to whom Roberta Wickham had been giving the bird through the years had been of the huntin', shootin' and fishin' type, fellows who had more or less shot their bolt after saying 'Eh, what?' and slapping their leg with a hunting crop.”
  • * , 1960 , P. G. Wodehouse , Jeeves in the Offing , chapter XIII , “Isn't he the bimbo who took the bread out of the mouths of the Thursday Review people? Chuck the blighter out of the window and we want to see him bounce.”
bimboy etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A male bimbo
    • 1995, Cosmopolitan (volume 218) the bimboy-seeking wife
    • 2010, Ewan Morrison, Swung (page 255) The doors were opening and Dolly was leading the bimboy out by the hand.
bimmer {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A BMW: a car manufactured by .
Synonyms: (BMW) beemer, beamer, BMW
bin pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɪn/, /bin/
  • (Canada) /bɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}} (NZ), been (GenAm) /bɪn/
etymology 1 From Old English binne, from gmw, from Gaulish benna (compare Old Irish buinne, Welsh benn, obt benn).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A box, frame, crib, or enclosed place, used as a storage container. examplea corn bin;   a wine bin;   a coal bin
  2. A container for rubbish or waste. examplea rubbish bin;   a wastepaper bin;   an ashes bin
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  3. (statistics) Any of the discrete interval in a histogram, etc.
Synonyms: (container) container, receptacle, (container for waste) dustbin, rubbish bin (both British), garbage can, trash can (both US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal) To dispose of (something) by putting it into a bin, or as if putting it into a bin.
    • 2008, , Falling Sideways, Orbit books, ISBN 1-84149-110-1, p. 28: exampleHe put the bank statement in the shoebox marked "Bank Statements" and binned the rest.
  2. (British, informal) To throw away, reject, give up.
    • 2002, Christopher Harvie, Scotland: A Short History, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-210054-8, p. 59: exampleThis splendid eloquence was promptly binned by the pope, …
    • 2005, Ian Oliver, War and peace in the Balkans: the diplomacy of conflict in the former Yugoslavia, I.B. Tauris, ISBN 1-850438-89-7, p. 238: exampleThe CC [Co-ordinating Centre] had long since binned the idea of catching the regular shuttle service, …
  3. (statistics) To convert continuous data into discrete groups.
  4. (transitive) To place into a bin for storage. exampleto bin wine
Synonyms: (dispose of in a bin) chuck, chuck away, chuck out, discard, ditch, dump, junk, scrap, throw away, throw out, toss, trash, See also
etymology 2 From Arabic بن 〈bn〉.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (in Arabic names) son of; equivalent to Hebrew בן 〈bn〉.
etymology 3 Contraction of being
contraction: {{en-contraction}}
  1. (text messaging) Contraction of being
etymology 4 Contraction of been
verb: {{head}}
  1. (dialectal and text messaging) alternative form of been
etymology 5 Short for binary.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) form of A short form
  • BNI
  • ibn
  • nib
binary decimal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A binary base-2 numeral.
    • 1938, and , An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, section 9.7: Any positive integer up to 2^n-1 inclusive can be expressed uniquely as a binary decimal of n figures, i.e., as a sum \sum_0^{n-1}a_s2^s, where every a_s is 0 or 1.
  2. (informal) Used other than as an idiom: A decimal numeral written as a concatenation of successive negative powers of the base in base 2.
bindi {{wikipedia}} etymology From Sanskrit Alternative forms: bindhi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The “holy dot” traditionally worn on the forehead of married Hindu women.
  2. Makeup or jewellery worn in imitation of such a dot.
  3. (Australia, slang) A tiny, sharp-needled seed often found on the ground in the bush.
Synonyms: kumkum, pottu, sindoor, tika, tilak, tilakam
noun: {{head}}
  1. (AU, informal) an infestation of the bindii plant exampleThe children came back to get their shoes, as the park had bindies.
  2. (AU, informal) plural of bindy a single burr of the plant exampleI walked barefoot outside and ended up with three bindies in my foot.
etymology 1 unknown; compare Old English bindele,“[ ˈbindle¹]” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [2<sup>nd</sup> Ed.; 1989] and bundle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now Scots) Any given length of cord, rope, twine, etc, used to bind something.
etymology 2 Probably a corruption of bundle; perhaps influenced by bindle.“[ bindle²]” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [2<sup>nd</sup> Ed.; 1989] pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈbɪndl/, /ˈbɪndəl/,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US and Canada slang) A bundle carried by a hobo (usually containing his possessions), often on a stick slung over the shoulder; a blanket roll.
    • 2006 Cormac McCarthy, The Road: lastly he made a bindle in a plastic tarp of some cans of juice and cans of fruit and cans of vegetables…
  2. (US and Canada slang) Any bundle or package; specifically one containing narcotic such as cocaine, heroin, or morphine.
Synonyms: (bag of possessions) swag, swag bag (British, Australian), (bundle containing narcotics) baggie, baggy, deck
  • bag, sack
  • blinde
bindy etymology From bindii.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) a stinging burr of the bindii plant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. form of abbreviation
  2. (climbing, informal) form of abbreviation
  • brine
bing {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɪŋ/, [bɪŋ]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang): Prison solitary confinement, a term used by inmates.
  2. (British) A heap or pile, such as a slag heap. Cognate with Scots bing.
  3. The sound made by a bell, an onomatopœia
Bing! Ladies and gentlemen, in a few minutes the captain will turn off the fasten seatbelt sign, but for your own safety we recommend you stay seated and with your seatbelt securely fastened at all times. Toronto Star, "Ryanair looking at standing 'seats,' pay toilets", 2 July 2010, Jim Rankin (accessed 17 September 2010) Bing Bang Boing Douglas Florian, 1994 (accessed 17 September 2010) The Tao of Bada Bing David Chase, 2003 (accessed 17 September 2010)
  • GBNI
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A minor collision, especially between motor vehicles.
    • 2005, Johnny Blue, The Blue Riders' Club, [http//|%22bingles%22+car+OR+vehicle+-intitle:%22bingle%22+-inauthor:%22bingle%22&hl=en&ei=nl3oTtbgEeyViAfw_7TNCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20bingle%22|%22bingles%22%20car%20OR%20vehicle%20-intitle%3A%22bingle%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bingle%22&f=false page 144], It is always an advantage if you have a sexy car, but if you pick her up in a rusty Datsun 180B you may as well say goodnight.…There is also the worst-case scenario of being involved in a bingle. If this happens you will definitely be finished and she will probably sneak off on you if she manages to escape injury.
    • 2006, , A Stone to Mark My Passing, Through Soft Air, [http//|%22bingles%22+car+OR+vehicle+-intitle:%22bingle%22+-inauthor:%22bingle%22&hl=en&ei=FGHoTpT1CuidiAfv7-z4CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20bingle%22|%22bingles%22%20car%20OR%20vehicle%20-intitle%3A%22bingle%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bingle%22&f=false page 138], "I, uh . . . " I managed, "I seem to have had a bit of a bingle." I pointed a thumb behind me at the car.
    • 2010, Felicity Young, Take Out, [http//|%22bingles%22+car+OR+vehicle+-intitle:%22bingle%22+-inauthor:%22bingle%22&hl=en&ei=nl3oTtbgEeyViAfw_7TNCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20bingle%22|%22bingles%22%20car%20OR%20vehicle%20-intitle%3A%22bingle%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bingle%22&f=false page 163], ‘But you've still got your father′s car haven′t you?’ ‘No. Had a bingle in it the other night, nothing major. I just hope to hell it′s fixed before he finds out.…’
Synonyms: collision, crash, fender-bender (US), prang (UK)
etymology 2 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hairstyle for women that is somewhere between a bob and a shingle.
etymology 3 Possibly a blend of bat and single
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang) A base hit in which the batter stops safely at first base.
bingo {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Alternate form of bing, suggesting a ringing sound. Attested since 1925. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɪŋ.ɡəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈbɪŋ.ɡoʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A game of chance for two or more players, who mark off numbers on a grid as they are announced by the caller; the game is won by the first person to call out "bingo!" or "house!" after crossing off all numbers on the grid or in one line of the grid.
  2. (countable) A win in such a game. There were two bingos in the last game, so the players split the prize money.
  3. (countable, Scrabble) A play where all seven letter tile are played.
Synonyms: (game of chance) housey-housey, lotto
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used by players of bingo to claim a win.
  2. (informal) Used when finding what one has been looking for or trying to recall.
  3. (informal) Used to declare "You've just made my point!" or "My point exactly!"
Synonyms: (used in bingo to claim a win) house!, (when finding something) aha!, eureka!, got it!, that's it!, yes!
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, aviation slang, chiefly, military) Just sufficient to return to base (or, alternatively, to divert to an alternative airfield). (also written Bingo or BINGO)
    • 1993, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots, page 40: Well, the old pucker factor went up about 75 notches at that point cause that length of time would put my wingman below Bingo fuel, plus the thought of sitting in an orbit several miles West of the Yen Bai …
    • 2012, Larry R Gibson, Recollections of a Marine Attack Pilot, page 54: The first pilot to get down to this bingo fuel state would call, “Banjo 4, bingo fuel,” or whatever.
  • bigon
  • boing
bingo wings
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (derogatory or humorous, slang) Large, loose flap of skin hanging from the upper arm.
Synonyms: auntie arm, bat wing, dinner lady arm, nan flap, nanna wobble, sugarglider (Australian English), fijibitter (Australian English), tuck shop arm, tuck shop lady arm (Australian English)
binky etymology
  • (US) Commercial child's pacifier brand name. (1948-1977)
  • Child's pronunciation of blanket ?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, childish) A stuffed animal, blanket, or toy that a small child is more attached to than any other, and often sleeps with.
  2. (rabbit behavior) A high hop that a rabbit may perform when happy.
    • 1996, "amy", "Re: What is a rabbitat?", in alt.pets.rabbits, Usenet: He can have his litterbox, his carpet, his toys, and space to do a little binky in there even.
    • 2003, Susan E. Davis and Margo DeMello, Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature, Lantern Books, ISBN 978-1-59056-044-0: page 81: As he got to know Susan (and her food), he sometimes raced around on the grass when he saw her arrive, or leapt into the air, kicking his hind feet above him, then shaking his head goofily after he landed. This is the “shimmy” that Southern noticed, or the “frisk” that Lockley described. Among domestic rabbits, it’s referred to as a “bunny dance” by some and a “binky” by others. It looks sort of like an epileptic fit—but it’s an unmistakable gesture of joy. page 94: … a rabbit in a cage by himself doesn’t play much. He may flop on his side when he feels relaxed. He may run in circles when he’s excited—if the cage is large enough. He may even pop a binky if the cage is high enough.
    • 2009, Trina Wiebe, Rabbits Don't Do Homework, Lobster Press, ISBN 978-1-897550-01-4: page 41: “It’s called a ‘binky’,” said Crystal. “It’s a rabbit happy-dance.” page 65: Binky did one of his famous binkies. He darted down the length of the run, then hopped and twisted …
  3. (US, informal, childish) A baby's pacifier. See Pacifier. In the U.S. (Reg. 0334946) and a number of other countries, BINKY is a brand of pacifiers, owned by Playtex Products, Inc. See
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, rabbit behavior) To perform a high hop, as when happy.
    • 2003, Susan E. Davis, Margo DeMello, Stories rabbits tell (page 347) … there are photos of rabbits in gardens, on desks and in laps: with dogs, with hamsters and with Santa: and yawning, snoozing, flopping, binkying and eating.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) binoculars
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bino
etymology 2
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) binoculars
  • bions, bison
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bin
  2. (slang) Eyeglasses or spectacle.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bin
  • ISBN
  • nibs
  • snib
bint etymology From Arabic بِنْت 〈bin̊t〉, used to denote a patronym. The term entered the British lexicon during the occupation of Egypt at the end of the nineteenth century, where it was adopted by British soldiers to mean "girlfriend" or "bit on the side". It is used as a derogatory slang word in the United Kingdom, meaning 'woman' or 'girl'. Its register varies from that of the harsher bitch to an affectionate term for a young woman, the latter being more commonly associated with the West Midlands. The term was used in British armed forces and the London area synonymously with bird in its slang usage (and sometimes brass) from at least the 1950s. The term was also used film , in which the is referred to as a "moistened bint", and in the phrase "grotty Scots bint" in the "English English" scene of the film . It also appears in the famed British sitcom Fawlty Towers, in which Basil Fawlty refers to his assistant Polly as a "cloth-eared bint." In the Tyneside shipping industry , a Yemeni community had existed there (particularly in Laygate, in South Shields since the 1890s :- http// The word entered the local language as it was Arabic for daughter. Although the term can be used in a derogatory sense, in general it refers simply to (usually young) females. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɪnt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, pejorative) A woman, a girl. Tell that bint to get herself in here now!
    • Austin Powers (film) Don't you remember the Crimbo din-din we had with the grotty Scots bint?
    • Monty Python's Flying Circus If I went round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
Synonyms: See also
bio pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbaɪəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈbaɪoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. form of Abbreviation
  2. biographical sketch
  3. (informal) form of Abbreviation I've got a bio exam in the morning.
  4. (South Africa, informal) bioscope; cinema
    • 1995, HerStoriA: South African women's journal (volumes 1-3, page 31) Sometimes Estelle had to help her mother on Saturdays and Irwin went to classes for ultra-brainy children, but Alan and I always went to the bio.
  • boi, Boi, BOI, Ibo, IOB, obi
bio-break Alternative forms: bio break, biobreak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, euphemistic) A visit to the restroom in order to relieve oneself.
    • 2004 Dec. 16, Trever Bushnell, "Pro Cycling News: Riding the Ruta de los Conquistadores," Daily Peloton (retrieved 7 Oct 2013): We stopped once for a bio-break at a road side gas station. Most of us (including a few women) used the bushes because it took too long to get in the bathrooms.
    • 2006 Dec. 24, Scott Jason, "Travel Center Slated to Open Early '07," Modesto Bee (retrieved 7 Oct 2013): "You are either going to stop for a gas break, meal break or a bio break. At these facilities you can do all three."
    • 2008 Dec. 2, Victor Nicholas, "El Qaeda Targets Flush Toilets," The Spoof (retrieved 7 Oct 2013): Bin-Laden says his hatred of flush toilets stems from an incident in his youth when he was visiting London with his family and faced with nature's urge to take a bio-break was shocked to see his first flush toilet.
    • 2009 Jan. 8, Rick Merritt, "Video: LG's Woo Paik on 3DTV," EE Times (retrieved 7 Oct 2013): There is barely time for a bio break in between events.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, biochemistry) biochemistry (science or industry)
biodad etymology From bio + dad.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of biofather
coordinate terms:
  • biomom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any material that has a significant biochemical function
  • Most often used to refer to a food material supposed to have some additional benefit.
biofactory etymology From bio + factory
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, biochemistry) Any system that produces (commercially) useful amounts of biologically-active compounds
biofather Alternative forms: biodad (informal) etymology From bio + father.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Biological father (especially one who does not act as a father)
coordinate terms:
  • biomother
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A biography.
  • big O
  • gobi, Gobi
  • Igbo
biohacker etymology bio + hacker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, genetics) A person who manipulates DNA or other aspects of genetics either for fun, or malicious
related terms:
  • biohacking
biohacking etymology bio + hacking
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, genetics) The manipulation of DNA or other aspects of genetics either for fun, or malicious
related terms:
  • biohacker
biomom etymology From bio + mom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of biomother
coordinate terms:
  • biodad
biomother Alternative forms: biomom (informal) etymology From bio + mother.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Biological mother (especially one who does not act as a mother)
coordinate terms:
  • biofather
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The appropriation of indigenous biomedical knowledge, especially by patenting naturally occurring substances
biopirate etymology bio + pirate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who engages in biopiracy.
bio queen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, LGBT) A biologically female performance artist who performs in female drag at drag show, or acts like a drag queen. Essentially a woman pretending to be a man who is mimic or parody another woman.
Bio queens often appear alongside drag king at lesbian drag shows. Synonyms: faux queen
biosonar etymology From bio + sonar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, biology) echolocation in animals
biostitute etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A biologist who lie for money.
biotech pronunciation
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Biotechnology I'm planning to work in biotech after college.
  2. (countable) A company specializing in biotechnology, or stock in such a company A lot of people invested in biotechs, back in the '90s.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) of, or relating to biotechnology
biotechnology {{wikipedia}} etymology bio + technology pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbaɪəʊˌtɛk.nɒl.əʊ.dʒɪi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The use of living organism (especially microorganism) in industrial, agricultural, medical and other technological application.
    • 1988, New Zealand Department of Trade and Industry, Biotechnology in New Zealand—A Business Perspective, page 8, Japan's strength lies in more traditional biotechnology such as fermentation.
    • 2003, Mabju Sharma, Renu Swarup, The Way Ahead - The New Technology in an Old Society, T. K. Ghose, P. Ghosh (editors), Biotechnology in India I, page 5, The developments in biotechnology, particularly with the basic understanding of genetics, immunology, biochemistry, biochemical engineering and molecular biology, have paved the way for major biotechnology products and processes and have provided tools to the manufacturing and service industry.
    • 2009, Sean D. Sutton, Introduction, Sean D. Sutton (editor), Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens, page 6, Moreover, Arnhart points out that both the proponents and critics of biotechnology are compelled to appeal to our natural moral sense.
  2. The application of the principle and practice of engineering and technology to the life science.
    • 2002, Charles Spillane, Yvonne Pinto, 1: Biosafety in Agrcultural Biotechnology: Balancing Social and Environmental Impacts, Timothy M. Swanson (editor), The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies, page 4, Agricultural biotechnology comprises a collection of scientific techniques, including genetic engineering, that are used to modify and improve plants, animals and microorganisms for human profit. Agricultural biotechnologies are not a substitute for conventional plant and animal breeding, but can be a powerful complement to improving the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production.
    • 2008, Yutaka Tanaka, Attitude toward Bioethics and Acceptance of Biotechnology, William G. Flynne (editor), Biotechnology and Bioengineering, page 175, The result of study 3 suggests that the factor of bioethics is important not only for the acceptance of biotechnologies themselves, such as gene recombination technology and clone technology, but also the acceptance of foods and products which are produced by the use of biotechnologies.
    • 2008, Wendy Harcourt, Chapter 1: Heading Blithely Down the Garden Path?: Some Entry Points into Current Debates on Women and Biotechnologies, Francesca Molfino, Flavia Zucco (editors), Women in Biotechnology: Creating Interfaces, page 38, It therefore follows that we need to ensure that the conception, development, dissemination and application of biotechnologies are held to ethical democratic standars which ensure gender equality.
bird {{slim-wikipedia}} {{picdic}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɜːd/
  • (GenAm) /bɝd/
  • {{audio}}
  • (NYC) /bɜjd/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English bird, brid, bridd, of uncertain origin and relation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of the class of animal Aves in the phylum Chordata, characterized by being warm-blooded, having feather and wing usually capable of flight, and laying egg. Ducks and sparrows are birds.
    • 2004, Bruce Whittington, Loucas Raptis, Seasons with Birds, page 50: The level below this is called the Phylum; birds belong to the Phylum Chordata, which includes all the vertebrate animals (the sub-phylum Vertebrata) and a few odds and ends.
  2. (slang) A man, fellow. {{defdate}}
    • 1886, Edmund Routledge, Routledge's every boy's annual He once took in his own mother, and was robbed by a 'pal,' who thought he was a doctor. Oh, he's a rare bird is 'Gentleman Joe'!
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 24: The door opened and a tall hungry-looking bird with a cane and a big nose came in neatly, shut the door behind him against the pressure of the door closer, marched over to the desk and placed a wrapped parcel on the desk.
    • 2006, Jeff Fields, Terry Kay, A cry of angels "Ah, he's a funny bird," said Phaedra, throwing a leg over the sill.
  3. (UK, US, slang, used by men) A girl or woman, especially one considered sexually attractive.
    • Campbell And by my word! the bonny bird / In danger shall not tarry.
    • 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013) The usual visual grammar was in place – a carpet in the street, people in paddocks awaiting a brush with something glamorous, blokes with earpieces, birds in frocks of colliding colours that if sighted in nature would indicate the presence of poison.
  4. (UK, Ireland, slang) Girlfriend. {{defdate}} Mike went out with his bird last night.
  5. (slang) An airplane.
  6. (obsolete) A chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling.
    • Shakespeare That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird.
    • Tyndale (Matt. viii. 20) The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes.
Synonyms: (man) chap, bloke, guy, (woman) broad, chick, dame, girl, lass, See also , See also
  • See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To observe or identify wild bird in their natural environment
  2. To catch or shoot birds.
  3. (figuratively) To seek for game or plunder; to thieve. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Originally Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from bird-lime for "time"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A prison sentence. He’s doing bird.
Synonyms: (prison sentence) porridge, stretch, time
etymology 3 Dated in the mid‐18th Century; derived from the expression “to give the big bird”, as in “to hiss someone like a goose”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
    • 2002, The Advocate, "Flying fickle finger of faith", page 55. For whatever reason — and there are so many to chose from — they flipped the bird in the direction of the tinted windows of the Bushmobile.
    • 2003, and , The Beach House, Warner Books, page 305, Then she raised both hands above her shoulders and flipped him the bird with each one.
etymology 4 From Malay burung.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Asian slang) A penis. Don't Touch My Bird.
  • drib
bird colonel etymology From the insignia of rank, which bears a depiction of an eagle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, military) A member of the U. S. armed forces having the rank of full colonel, as distinct from a lieutenant colonel.
    • 1960, "Pink Is for Learning," Time, 4 July, This month at 47, Colonel Polich retires after 20 years of service; as a reservist and an engineer, bird colonel is about the highest peacetime rank he can achieve.
Synonyms: chicken colonel, full bird colonel
birdling etymology From bird + ling. pronunciation
  • /ˈbɜrd.lɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A little bird; birdie; a nestling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a man who works with bird
  2. (informal) an aviator
related terms:
  • birdwoman
birdshit Alternative forms: bird shit etymology From bird + shit.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) avian excreta; guano
  • shit bird
birdwatching {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɜː(ɹ)dˌwɒtʃ.ɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. observing or identifying wild bird in their natural environment
Alternative forms: bird watchingSynonyms: birding
related terms:
  • birdwatch
  • birdwatcher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a woman who works with bird
  2. (informal) a female aviator
related terms:
  • birdman
birk pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɜː(ɹ)k/
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Northern English) A birch tree. Cognate with Scots birk. {{rfdate}} The silver birk. - .
  2. A small European minnow (Leuciscus phoxinus).
  3. (British, slang) alternative spelling of berk
Birmingham screwdriver etymology Humorously suggesting that people from Birmingham rely on the use of force to solve problems.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A hammer.
    • 2003, "Alex Ferrier", Insurance Payout? (on newsgroup I'll be watching the fucker like a hawk with a Birmingham screwdriver to the ready should I spot anything untoward.
birthday {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK): /ˈbɜːθ.deɪ/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US): {{enPR}}, /ˈbɝθˌdeɪ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The anniversary of the day on which someone is born. {{defdate}}
    • 1867, , , Chapter 2: Treats Of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, And Board, Oliver Twist's ninth birthday found him a pale thin child, somewhat diminutive in stature, and decidedly small in circumference.
    • 1903, , , The Fifth Surprise: The Monarch Celebrates His Birthday, One of the Wise Men said the King was born in February; another declared it was in May, and a third figured the great event happened in October. So the King issued a royal decree that he should have three birthdays every year, in order to be on the safe side; and whenever he happened to think of it he put in an odd birthday or two for luck.
    • 1906, , , Chapter 9: The pride of Perks, "And we thought we'd make a nice birthday for him. He's been so awfully jolly decent to us, you know, Mother," said Peter, "and we agreed that next bun-day we'd ask you if we could."
    • {{circa}} , (editor), Diary of Cotton Mather, Volume 1: 1681-1708, footnote, [http//|birthdays%22&hl=en&ei=1exYTre8OayHmQXxqdyjDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CEYQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22birthday|birthdays%22&f=false page 1], It was his custom to begin a new year's record on February 12, his birthday.
    • 1921 June 4, , in , The King's Birthday, which occurred yesterday, will be officially observed to-day, and the customary list of honours conferred on the occasion is published.
  2. The anniversary of the day on which something is created.
  3. The date on which someone is born or something is created, more commonly called birthdate or date of birth.
birther Alternative forms: Birther etymology birth + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who gives birth
  2. (slang, pejorative, US politics) A believer in one or more conspiracy theories, holding that President Barack Obama is not a "natural born" citizen of the United States, and therefore ineligible for the presidency.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
related terms:
  • birtherism
  • truther
  • rebirth
birtherism {{wikipedia}} etymology birther + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, often, pejorative, US politics) A movement in the United States that doubts or denies that President Barack Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen, thus implying that he is ineligible to be President.
biscuit shooter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (American, slang) A waiter, waitress, or cook.
    • 1920, "The Ballad of Locoed Lem", Ballads of the West by William Earl Harvey: Oh, wise biscuit-shooter what slung ham an' eggs / At th' puncher straight out o' th' west. / She was perty an' sweet an' was trim on her pegs.
bisexual etymology bi + sexual pronunciation
  • (US) /baɪˈsɛk.ʃu.‌əl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of humans or other animals) Sexually attracted to both male and female.
  2. (botany) Of flower: having both pollen and seed.
  3. (botany) Of sporophyte: having both male and female organs.
  4. (botany) Of gametophyte: producing both egg and sperm.
  5. (botany) Of fungi: producing both the "female" ascogonium and the "male" antheridium.
  6. (rare) Hermaphroditic. Midrash and Zohar present Adam as hermaphroditic or bisexual.
  • heteroflexible
related terms:
  • bi-curious
  • biromantic
Synonyms: (sexually attracted to persons of either sex) AC/DC (slang), ambidextrous (jocular), bi (colloquial), (botany: having male and female organs) perfect, hermaphrodite, See also
coordinate terms:
  • {{list:sexual orientations/en}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is bisexual. Someone who is attracted to people of two or more genders. I have two family members who came out as bisexual; my sister and my aunt.
Synonyms: bi (colloquial), See also
  • LGBT
bish pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɪʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A mistake.
    • 1952, , Jennings and Darbishire, London; Glasgow : Collins, page 64: "You — you don't mean you've made a bish of it?" [said Darbishire]
    • 1951, , Jennings Follows a Clue, ISBN 0-7551-1366-7, page 41: What on earth was the matter with him? He never made bishes like this during PT!
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (chess) bishop
  2. (archaic or slang) bishop
bishie etymology Diminutive of bishonen with -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A bishonen character.
    • 2005, Christopher Hart, Manga Mania Shoujo: How to Draw the Charming and Romantic Characters of Japanese Comics, ISBN 0823029735, page 69 This is actually a boy bishie in the form of an ogre. It's called an oni in Japanese. Onis have supernatural powers that can command the forces of nature such as wind (to create hurricanes) and lightning (to create thunderbolts).
bishop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪʃəp/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bishop, bisshop, bischop, biscop, from Old English biscop, from British Latin *biscopo or vl biscopus, from classical Latin episcopus, from Ancient Greek ἐπίσκοπος 〈epískopos〉, from ἐπί 〈epí〉 + σκοπός 〈skopós〉, used in Greek and Latin both generally and as a title of civil officers. Cognate with all European terms for the position in various Christian churches (see below); compare bisp. Alternative forms: (obsolete) byshop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Christianity) An overseer of congregation: either any such overseer, generally speaking, or (in Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, etc.) an official in the church hierarchy (actively or nominally) governing a diocese, supervising the church's priest, deacon, and property in its territory.
    • {{circa}} Alfred the Great translating St. Gregory's Pastoral Care (Hatton MS.), 1 Ælfred kyning hateð gretan Wærferð biscep.
    • 1382, Wycliffe's Bible, Acts xx. 28 Al the folk in which the Hooly Gost set ȝou bischopis. [Compare oversears, ouersears, Ouersears, bishops, ouerseers, bishops with the marginal gloss or overseers.]
    • {{circa}} John Wyclif, Selected Works, III. 310 Crist veriest bischop of all.
    • 1641, ‘Smectymnuus’, Vindic. Answer Hvmble Remonstr., §16. 208 of blessed memory said, no Bishop, no King: it was not he, but others that added, No Ceremony, no Bishop.
    • 1715, William Hendley, A Defence of the Church of England, 16 ... In his 'Epiſtle to the Magneſians,' he exhorts them to do all things in the love of God, telling them, the Biſhop preſides in the place of God...
    • 1845, J. Lingard, Hist. & Antiq. Anglo-Saxon Church 3rd ed., I. iv. 146 These ministers were at first confined to the three orders of bishops, priests, and deacons.
    • 1868, Joseph Barber Lightfoot, St. Paul's epistle to the Philippians, 93 It is a fact now generally recognized by theologians of all shades of opinion, that in the language of the New Testament the same officer in the Church is called indifferently ‘bishopἐπίσκοπος and ‘elder’ or ‘presbyterπρεσβύτερος.
    1. (religion, obsolete) A similar official or chief priest in another religion.
      • {{circa}}, translating Orosius's History, v. iv. §1 ... wæs eac Roman ieldesta biscep.
      • 1586, Thomas Bowes translating Pierre de la Primaudaye's The French Academie, I. 633 The Caliph of the Sarasins were kings and chief bishops in their religion.
      • 1615, William Bedwell, Arabian Trudgman in translating Mohammedis Imposturæ, sig. N4 The Byshop of Egypt is called the Souldan.
    2. (obsolete) Any watchman, inspector, or overlooker.
      • 1592, Lancelot Andrewes, Sermons (1843), v. 516 No pinnacle so high but the devil is a bishop over it, to visit and overlook it.
    3. (obsolete) The holder of the Greek or Roman position of episcopus, supervisor over the public dole of grain, etc.
      • 1808, The Monthly Magazine and British Register, 26 109 They gave away corn, not cash; and Cicero was made bishop, or overseer, of this public victualling.
    4. The chief of the Festival of Fools or St. Nicholas Day.
  2. (chess) The chess piece denoted or which move along diagonal line and developed from the shatranj alfil ("elephant") and was originally known as the aufil or archer in English.
    • 1562, Rowbotham in Archaeologia, XXIV. 203 The Bishoppes some name Alphins, some fooles, and some name them Princes; other some call them Archers.
    • 1656, Francis Beale translating Gioachino Greco as The royall game of chesse-play, being the study of Biochimo, 2 A Bishop or Archer, who is commonly figured with his head cloven.
  3. Any of various Africa birds of the genus Euplectes; a kind of weaverbird closely relate to the widowbird.
  4. (dialectal) A ladybug or ladybird, beetle of the genus Coccinellidae.
    • 1875, William Douglas Parish, A Dictionary of the Sussex DialectBishop, Bishop-Barnabee, Tell me when my wedding shall be; If it be to-morrow day, Ope your wings and fly away.
  5. (alcoholic beverages‎) A sweet drink made from wine, usually with orange, lemon, and sugar; mulled and spiced port.
    • ante 1745, Jonathan Swift, Women who cry Apples in Works (1746), VIII. 192 Well roasted, with Sugar and Wine in a Cup, They'll make a sweet Bishop.
    • 1791, J. Boswell, Life of Johnson, anno 1752 I. 135 A bowl of that liquor called Bishop, which Johnson had always liked.
    • 1801, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poems, II. 169 Spicy bishop, drink divine.
  6. (US, archaic) A bustle.
    • {{circa}}, John Saxe, Progress If, by her bishop, or her 'grace' alone, A genuine lady, or a church, is known.
  7. (UK, dialectal, archaic) A children's smock or pinafore.
    • 1874, Evelyn Waugh in Lanc. Gloss. (E.D.S.) Here; tak him, an wesh him; an' put him a clen bishop on.
Generally speaking, Christian churches observe their highest positions—pope, patriarch, archbishop, etc.—as specially-empowered bishops; thus the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church is the Bishop of Rome, while the Pope of the Coptic Church is nominally bishop of Alexandria though resident in Cairo. In several denominations, the charism of a laying on of hands is believed to introduce new bishops to an unbroken apostolic succession initiated by the Holy Ghost at the Pentecost described in the 2nd chapter of the Book of Acts. Traditionally, the rank of bishop has been restricted to men and many denominations continue this practice. Even denominations permitting the marriage of priests (such as Eastern Orthodoxy) typically require complete celibacy from those promoted to bishophood: owing to traditional aversions to divorce, this usually restricts the rank to single men and widower. Catholic bishops are also priests; Eastern Orthodox bishops are usually (but not always) monks.
related terms:
  • (abbreviation) Bp.
  • (female) bishopess
  • episcopal, Episcopalian
Synonyms: (normally) diocesan bishop, suffragan bishop, (canon law) ordinary, (Eastern Orthodoxy) hierarch, (as creators of priests) consecrator
hyponyms: {{rel-top}}
  • (highest-ranking) catholicos, major archbishop, patriarch, pope
  • (higher-ranking) archbishop, cardinal, eparch, exarch, metropolitan, metropolitan bishop, primate
  • (territorial sovereigns) prince-bishop, prince-archbishop, Prince of the Church
  • (nominal, as over a diocese without a congregation) titular bishop
  • (lower-ranking) coadjutor bishop, assistant bishop, auxiliary bishop
  • (as creators of other bishops) principal consecrator, principal co-consecrator
  • (retired) bishop emeritus
  • (Roman Catholicism, Methodism, worldwide) college
  • (Eastern Orthodoxy, worldwide) Holy Synod, synod
  • (Roman Catholicism, regional) conference, episcopal conference
  • (others, regional) assembly, sobor, synod
  • (ad hoc) council, ecumenical council
  • (ad hoc, pejorative) conciliabule, conciliabulum
  • (cardinals) college, conclave
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Christianity) To act as a bishop, to perform the duties of a bishop, especially to confirm another's membership in the church.
    • {{circa}} Thorpe's Laws, II. 348 (Bosw.) Se bisceop biþ gesett... to bisceopgenne cild.
    • {{circa}}, Shoreham, 5 Wanne the bisschop, bisschopeth the Tokene of mark he set on the.
    • 1622, W. Yonge, Diary (1848), 50 The Marquis of Buckingham and his wife were both bishopped, or confirmed by the Bishop of London.
    • 1655, T. Fuller, Church-hist. Brit., ix. 81 Harding and Saunders Bishop it in England.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, page 35: Here too physical effects were vulgarly attributed to the ceremony… as evidenced by the case of the old Norfolk woman who claimed to have been ‘bishopped’ seven times, because she found it helped her rheumatism.
    1. (by extension, jocularly, obsolete) To confirm (in its other sense).
      • 1596, W. Warner, Albions Eng., x. liv. 243 Why sent they it by Felton to be bishoped at Paules?
      • 1700, John Dryden translating Boccaccio's Cymon & Iphigenia in Fables, 550 He.., chose to bear The Name of Fool confirm'd, and Bishop'd by the Fair.
  2. (Christianity) To make a bishop.
    • 1549, H. Latimer, 2nd Serm. before Kynges Maiestie, 5th Serm. sig. Pviv Thys hath bene often tymes... sene in preachers before they were byshoppyd or benifice.
    • 1861 November 23, Sat. Rev., 537 There may be other... matters to occupy the thoughts of one about to be bishopped.
  3. (Christianity, rare) To provide with bishops.
    • 1865 December 6, Daily Telegraph, 5/3 Italy would be well bishoped if her episcopacy... did not exceed fifty-nine.
  4. (UK, dialectal) To permit food (esp. milk) to burn while cooking (from bishops' role in the inquisition or as mentioned in the quote below, of horses).
    • ante 1536, Tyndale, Works, 166 (T.) If the porage be burned to, or the meat ouer rosted, we say the bishop hath put his foot in the pot or the bishop hath played the cook, because the bishops burn who they lust and whosoever displeaseth them.
    • 1641, John Milton, Animadversions, 9 It will be as bad as the Bishops foot in the broth.
    • 1738, Jonathan Swift, Compl. Coll. Genteel Conversat., 10 The Cream is burnt to. Betty. Why, Madam, the Bishop has set his Foot in it.
    • 1863, E. C. Gaskell, Sylvia's Lovers, I. 64
    • :She canna stomach it if it's bishopped e'er so little.
    • 1875, Lanc. Gloss., 40 Th' milk's bishopped again!
  5. (by extension, of horses) To make a horse seem younger, particularly by manipulation of its teeth.
    • 1727, R. Bradley, Family Dict. at "Horse" This way of making a Horse look young is... called Bishoping.
    • 1788, Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 2nd ed. B{{smallcaps}}, or T{{smallcaps}}. A term among horſe dealers, for burning the mark into a horſe's tooth, after he has loſt it by age... It is a common ſaying of milk that is burnt to, that the biſhop has fet his foot in it. Formerly, when a biſhop paſſed through a village, all the inhabitants ran out of their houſe to ſolicit his bleſſing, even leaving their milk, &c. on the fire, to take its chance; which, when burnt to, was ſaid to be biſhopped.
    • 1840, E. E. Napier, Scenes & Sports Foreign Lands, I. v. 138 I found his teeth had been filed down and bishoped with the greatest neatness and perfection.
etymology 2 Eponymous, from the surname Bishop.
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  1. (UK, colloquial, obsolete) To murder by drowning.
    • 1840, R.H. Barham, Some Account of a New Play in Ingoldsby Legends 1st series, 308 I Burked the papa, now I'll Bishop the son.
    • 1870, Walter Thornbury, Old Stories Re-told There were no more Burking murders until 1831, when two men, named Bishop and Williams, drowned a poor [14-year-old] Italian boy in Bethnal Green, and sold his body to the surgeons.
    • 2002, Helen Smith, Grave-Robbers, Cut-throats, and Poisoners of London, 66 John Bishop and another grave-robber called Thomas Williams had drowned the boy, a woman and another boy in a well in John Bishop's garden in Bethnal Green... Bishop and Williams were hanged outside Newgate Prison in December 1831 in front of an angry crowd of 30,000.
bishop's collar etymology
  • From its appearance of having a white band above the black drink.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) a pint of Guinness (or similar) having too much head on top.
Bishop Barker etymology After , who became the second Anglican bishop of Sydney, Australia, in 1855 and was noted for his height and for being a teetotaller. The expression became obsolete in the 1870s.1970, Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, reprint 1979 ISBN 0-7018-1309-1.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A very tall glass of beer.
    • 1898, Price Warung, Dictionary Ned, in Half-Crown Bob and Tales of the Riverine, quoted in 1970, Bill Wannan, Australian Folklore, For a "Bishop Barker" he would compose a quatrain on any subject – a person preferred – suggested by the man who tipped him the drink….
    • 2007, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//|%22Bishop+Barkers%22&hl=en&ei=C_PJTtLKLefdmAX24MSuDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Bishop%20Barker%22|%22Bishop%20Barkers%22&f=false page 155], Henry lays a shilling down on the wet bar towel at the Lass, asks Murwillumbah Marie for some ship′s biscuits or cheese but they don't do them on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays any more, and he brings back two cold, foaming Bishop Barkers.
bit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old English bita and bite - all from Proto-Germanic *bitô, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}} A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal. exampleA horse hates having a bit put in its mouth.
  2. A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to bore holes.
  3. (dated, British) A coin of a specified value. (Also formerly used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean, and a fourpenny piece, or groat, in the British West Indies.) examplea threepenny bit
  4. (US) An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents. (When this term first came into use, the Spanish 8 reales coin was widely used as a dollar equivalent, and thus the 1 real coin was equivalent to 12.5 cents.) exampleA quarter is two bits.
  5. (historical, US) In the southern and southwestern states, a small silver coin (such as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12½ cents; also, the sum of 12½ cents.
  6. A small amount of something. exampleThere were bits of paper all over the floor.&nbsp;&nbsp; Does your leg still hurt? / Just a bit now.&nbsp;&nbsp; I've done my bit; I expect you to do yours.
  7. (informal) Specifically, a small amount of time. exampleI'll be there in a bit; I need to take care of something first.&nbsp;&nbsp; He was here just a bit ago, but it looks like he's stepped out.
  8. A portion of something.
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    exampleI'd like a big bit of cake, please.
  9. Somewhat; something, but not very great; also used like jot and whit to express the smallest degree. Am I bored? Not a bit of it!
    • T. Hook My young companion was a bit of a poet.
  10. (slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one.
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    • Lost Angeles, page 158, Odie Hawkins, 1994, “Chino didn't make me think of Dachau or that notorious joint in Angola, Louisiana, where a brother who had done a bit there told me how they used to cut the grass on the front lawn with their fingernails.”
    • Pain management, Andrew H. Vachss, 2001, “Not counting the days—that's okay for a county-time slap, but it'll make you crazy if you've got years to go on a felony bit.”
  11. {{anchor}} An excerpt of material making up part of a show, comedy routine, etc. exampleHis bit about video games was not nearly as entertaining as the other segments of his show.
  12. The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumbler. {{rfquotek}}
  13. The cutting iron of a plane. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (coin) coin, piece, (small piece) morsel (of food), piece, scrap, (portion) portion, share, segment, (horse equipment) snaffle, pelham, kimberwicke
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a"). That's a bit too sweet.
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  1. (transitive) To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of (a horse).
etymology 2 See bite
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-simple past of bite Your dog bit me!
  2. (informal in US, archaic in UK) past participle of bite, bitten I have been bit by your dog!
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) bitten. exampleEven though he's bit, of course the zombies would still chase him.
  2. (only in combination) Having been bitten.
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    • The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, 0385422229, Robert Lewis Taylor, 1992, “Only the year before, the conjure man had brought in the Jackson County madstone, from way over in Illinois, for a white peddler that had been dog-bit, and the man went ahead and died just the same”
    • Rainy Season, 121, 0786812419, Adele Griffin, 1998, He will not — he'll tell you not to be loco, climbing up trees late at night when you'll get bug-bit to death plus you can't see anything
etymology 3 Coined by John Tukey in 1946 as an abbreviation of binary digit, probably influenced by connotations of “small portion”. First used in print 1948 by Claude Shannon. Compare byte and nybble.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics, computing) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
  2. (computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
  3. (information theory, cryptography) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values. status bits on IRC; permission bits in a file system
  4. (information theory) A unit of measure for information entropy.
    • {{quote-web}} The researchers found that the original texts spanned a variety of entropy values in different languages, reflecting differences in grammar and structure.But strangely, the difference in entropy between the original, ordered text and the randomly scrambled text was constant across languages. This difference is a way to measure the amount of information encoded in word order, Montemurro says. The amount of information lost when they scrambled the text was about 3.5 bits per word.
Synonyms: (smallest unit of storage) b
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  • tib, TiB
bit bucket {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: bitbucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, computing, singulare tantum) The supposed place where bit go when they fall of the end of a register during a shift operation; the great Recycle Bin in the sky; used to describe lost or missing information
bitch Alternative forms: biatch/biotch, beatch/beotch, biyatch/biyotch, beeyatch/beeyotch, bizatch/biznatch etymology From Middle English biche, bicche, from Old English biċċe, from Proto-Germanic *bikjǭ (compare Norwegian bikkje, Old Danish bikke), from *bikjaną (compare Old Norse bikkja, Dutch bikken). More at bicker. pronunciation
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  1. A female dog or other canine. In particular one who has recently had puppies. My bitch just had puppies: they're so cute!
  2. (vulgar, offensive) A despicable or disagreeable, aggressive person, often female. {{defdate}} Ann gossiped about me and mocked my work; sometimes she can be a real bitch!
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 70 HASSAN: "You cheap Factualist bitch! Go and never darken my rumpus room again!"
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, I. iv. 60: 'Look at the children, you nasty little bitch!' he sneered.
  3. (vulgar, offensive) A submissive person, often female, who does what others want; a slave. {{defdate}} Dude, don't be such a bitch. Assert yourself. Do you have to ask your man before you do everything? You must be the bitch in the relationship.
    • 1999 September 23, Chris Sheridan, “This House Is Freakin’ Sweet”, “Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater”, Family Guy, season 2, episode 1, Fox Broadcasting Company Now that you're stinking rich, we'd gladly be your bitch.
  4. (obsolete, informal, of a man) A playful variation on dog (sense &quot;man&quot;). {{defdate}}
  5. (humorous, colloquial, used with a possessive pronoun) Friend. {{defdate}} What’s up, my bitch? How my bitches been doin'?
  6. (colloquial) A complaint, especially when the complaint is unjustified.
  7. (colloquial, usually only used in the singular) A difficult or confounding problem. Level 5 was a real bitch, don’t you think? That's a bitch of a question.
  8. (colloquial) A queen (playing card), particularly the queen of spades in the card game of hearts.
  9. (figurative) Something unforgiving and unpleasant. Karma's a bitch.
Synonyms: (female dog, etc) female (when the species is specified or implied), (malicious, etc, woman) cow, harpy, vixen, hellcat, hussy, (malicious, etc, man) bastard, (jocular slang, one's friend), (person in an unfavorable, undesirable position), (person in a relationship who is made to adopt a submissive role) doormat, (a complaint) gripe, grumble, kvetch, moan, whinge, (difficult or confounding problem) toughie, stinker, pain in the ass, (to talk about)
hyponyms: female canine
  • vixen, a female fox
  • she-wolf
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To behave or act as a bitch.
  2. (transitive) To criticize spitefully, often for the sake of complaining rather than in order to have the problem corrected. All you ever do is bitch about the food I cook for you!
  3. (transitive) To spoil, to ruin.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 162: ‘You're a Franco-maniac…You're thought to be a French agent…That's what's bitching your career!’
Synonyms: (make derogatory comments) badmouth, slag off (UK), snipe, (complain spitefully) gripe, grumble, kvetch, moan, piss and moan, sniff at, whine, whinge, See also
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English, slang, pejorative) Contemptible.
  2. (African American Vernacular English, slang, pejorative) Weak, cowardly; unmanly.
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  1. (African American Vernacular English, slang, pejorative) A contemptible person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, AAVE) bitchiness
bitchboy etymology bitch + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (gay slang) A bottom, usually a younger, submissive and hairless male
    • 2004, Best gay erotica, snippet ...set of anal beads in a twelve-mile radius of Christopher Street and shove them all up your ass while you whine and whine and whine like the beefy blond bitchboy of my dreams, but then I think about actually having to do that.
    I love being a bitchboy bottom when a top can seduce me properly.
  2. A coward, especially a younger man
    • 2008, Wayne Johnson, White Heat: The Extreme Skiing Life, page 269 “Yo, bitchboy!” a kid, conveniently hidden in the line, shouts down. “You goin' or not?!”
Synonyms: (submissive young gay man) bottom bitch, pussyboy, punk, prison bitch, (cowardly young man) wuss, chicken
bitchcunt etymology bitch + cunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang, vulgar) A term of abuse.
bitchface etymology bitch + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A bitch (malicious or objectionable person).
    • 1993, Beryl Fletcher, The Iron Mouth At the bottom of the hill is the river and there in the water is the horse with the bloodless wound, dying and vomiting water, calling out, hey bitchface, your turn to suffer now...
    • 1996, Alexander Norman Jeffares, Images of invention: essays on Irish writing When the goddesses have a row one calls another a bitchface...
bitchfest etymology bitch + fest
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  1. (slang) An occasion of much bitch
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bitch fight pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪtʃ ˈfaɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) a fight between women and/or between gay men.
bitchfucker etymology From bitch + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
bitchin Alternative forms: bitchen, bitchin' etymology Perhaps from bitching.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang, surfing) Excellent; outstanding.
  2. (slang, rare) Awful. Just my bitchin luck.
  3. alternative spelling of bitching
bitching Alternative forms:
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) excellent
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of bitch
bitchload etymology bitch + load
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mildly, vulgar, slang) A large amount or number.
bitch magnet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A male who continually meets and dates attractive but very unpleasant women.
bitch off
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  1. (slang, vulgar, intransitive, US) To complain or criticise
bitch slap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An open-handed slap to the face; see usage notes below.
    • 2000, Valerie Frankel, Smart Vs. Pretty, HarperCollins, ISBN 0380805421, pages 3–4: Amanda’s remedy refrain, “just go out and meet someone new,” struck Frank like a bitch slap, even though she knew her sister meant no harm.
    • 2003, Joel Perry, That’s Why They’re in Cages, People!, Alyson Publishing, ISBN 1555837425, page 38: The Lie: “I was only out drinking with my best friend, Betty.” / Translation: “I bought my best friend, Betty, drinks while I was on my needs in the back room.” […] / Response: Your patented bitch slap. After all, how fucking stupid does he think you are?
    • 2006, Will Clarke, The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 074327315X, page 132: Top this all off with an occasional bitch slap or ass-chewing and you’ve got yourself a real recipe for breaking even the strongest spirit.
  • The term has different connotations for different speakers; it is often used to refer to an especially strong or completely unexpected slap, but some speakers consider to refer only to a weak slap (expressing mild contempt, as though the person being slapped is too weak to be given a strong slap). This would distinguish it from the stronger pimp slap.
  • Due to the inclusion of the word bitch, this term is often considered misogynistic.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of bitch-slap
    • 1997, Janet Evanovich, Three to Get Deadly, Scribner, ISBN 0684822652, page 16: “Maybe next time we just open the door and start out with some bitch slapping.” ¶ I gave Lula a horrified stare. ¶ “Just a suggestion,” Lula said.
    • 2002, Richard D. Ward, Metamorphosis in Blue, Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1553691423, page 50: Van had to resist the urge to bitch slap him, and said instead, “I know you are, but what about me?”
    • 2007, Tom Santopietro, Considering Doris Day, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312362633, page 72: Things are a little better when Doris ends up spending her “honeymoon” night in the tub with the sprinklers going off, and there is a genuinely amusing catfight between Ethel and Marcia in which Doris actually—there’s no other phrase for it—bitch slaps Marcia; it’s funny because Marcia is a loser, a whiny, imperious daddy’s girl, and worth neither Ethel’s time nor Winthrop’s attention.
Synonyms: pimp slap
bitch-slap Alternative forms: bitch slap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of bitch slap
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, transitive) To slap someone powerfully in the face, meant to assert dominance or control over the receiver; to deliver a bitch slap to.
    • 1993, John Shirley, "I Want to Get Married, Says the World’s Smallest Man", in New Noir, FC2, ISBN 0-932511-55-4, page 36, But he’d got the door open, yelling, “SHUT UP WOMAN I BITCH-SLAP YOU!” as he slammed it behind him with that soap opera timing.
    • 2001, Lisa Scottoline, Moment of Truth, HarperCollins, ISBN 0061030597, page 171, “Nah. I’m just gonna bitch-slap my partner here. You wanna watch?”
    • 2007, John J. Nance, Orbit, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 074347662X, page 104, “And they’re suddenly going to go across town and politically bitch-slap their boy? I don’t frigging think so.”
    • For additional quotations, see bitch slap.
bitch tits
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  1. (slang, vulgar) gynecomastia caused by steroid abuse
    • Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club Too much estrogen, and you get bitch tits.
bitchwad etymology From bitch + wad; compare fuckwad, dickwad.
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  1. (vulgar, slang) Used as an insult analogous to asshole or dickwad. You fucking bitchwad, you stepped on my foot!
    • 2000 October 11, John Reynolds, “What every PC at my company is thinking.”, 3dfx.products.voodoo5, Usenet If there were a merciful God in Heaven, He would give me arms that I might strangle this bitchwad.
    • 2001 November 11, Donn Miller, “Someone please find out who Slick really is”,, Usenet I'm really tired of this stupid dumbass poser 24/7'ing in here, pretending to be a soldier. Please, someone find out who this bitchwad is, so he can shut the hell up.
    • 2001 August 15, Elliot “Squeeze The Uise” Costi, “Globally ignored”, alt.alumni.warwick, Usenet Also, the internet has been permanantly connected recently cos of bitchwad rinsing chat rooms. Grrr.
    • 2005 July 15, “d1b9p54” from, “Phil and netcopping (was: some other thing)”, soc.history.what-if, Usenet if you really think you were the victim of the crime, you should alert the proper authorities and not cry like a little bitchwad all over the group every other fucking post.
bitchwhore Alternative forms: bitch-whore etymology bitch + whore
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  1. (vulgar, pejorative) Term of abuse.
    • 2009, Carlton Thurman, Caddie Esoterica (page 151) “Yeah exactly, well, no not really, I mean you always want the guy to do whatever his thing is even if he's a complete dumbass with an ugly bitchwhore wife, like that boxer retard with the speech impediment...
bitchy etymology bitch + y pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪtʃi/
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  1. (derogatory, vulgar) spiteful or malevolent; catty; malicious; unpleasant What she said—and what she did—was really bitchy.
  2. (derogatory, vulgar) irritable He’s really bitchy in the morning.
bitchy-pants Alternative forms: bitchy pants, bitchypants etymology bitchy + pants
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, sometimes used attributively) An irritable or habitually unpleasant person.
bitchzilla Alternative forms: Bitchzilla etymology bitch + zilla
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) An extremely disagreeable or aggressive woman.
    • 2009, Janet Evanovich, Between the Plums, St. Martin's Press (2009), ISBN 9781429986304, page 175: I liked Gary Martin, and I hated Loretta Flack. Loretta Flack was bitchzilla. I couldn't in good conscience fix things so that Martin was stuck with Flack.
    • 2012, Adam Ballarino, The Customer Is Always Wrong: Funny Stories and Tales of Horror From My Life in the Food Service Industry, AuthorHouse (2012), ISBN 9781477277621, page 32: So you will forgive me if I have no sympathy for bitchzilla here.
    • 2014, Ann Aguirre, Mortal Danger, Feiwel and Friends (2014), ISBN 9781250064264, page 233: “Allison is a bitchzilla these days, no lie, but it sucks that Nicole ditched her over something that wasn't her fault. It's not like we can control when we get boobs.”
bite {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English biten, from Old English bītan, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd-. Cognates include Western Frisian bite, Low German bieten, Dutch bijten, Swedish bita, German beißen, Danish bide, Gothic 𐌱𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 〈𐌱𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽〉, and through Indo-European, Ancient Greek φείδομαι 〈pheídomai〉, Sanskrit भिद् 〈bhid〉, Latin findo. pronunciation {{rfap}}
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /baɪt/
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  • (CA) /bʌit/
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  1. (transitive) To cut off a piece 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 aggressive; 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 bait hook or other lure and thus be caught. Are the fish biting today?
  8. (intransitive, metaphor) 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 smart sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent. It bites like pepper or mustard.
  11. (transitive) To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense. Pepper bites the mouth.
    • Shakespeare Frosts do bite the meads.
  12. (intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 32 At the last it [wine] biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
  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.
    • Charles Dickens The last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, … it turned and turned with nothing to bite.
  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, AAVE, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate. He always be biting my moves.
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  • bite back
  • bite in the ass
  • bite me
  • bite off
  • bite off more than one can chew
  • bite one's knuckle
  • bite one's tongue
  • bite someone's head off
  • bite the big one
  • bite the bullet
  • bite the dust
  • bite the hand that feeds one
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of biting.
    • Walton I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite.
  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 mouthpart or 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.
  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. I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.
  8. (figuratively) aggression
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  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.
    • Humorist The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching.
  11. (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheat. {{rfquotek}}
  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.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (act of biting), (wound left behind after having been bitten), (swelling caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting) sting, (piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting) mouthful, (slang: something unpleasant), (slang: act of plagiarism), (small meal or snack) snack, (figuratively: aggression)
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  • bit
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  • EBIT
bite me etymology {{rfe}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, offensive) An expression of discontent or aggravation to another party.
  • betime

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