from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A female canine animal, especially a dog.
- n. Offensive A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.
- n. Offensive A lewd woman.
- n. Offensive A man considered to be weak or contemptible.
- n. Slang A complaint.
- n. Slang Something very unpleasant or difficult.
- intransitive v. To complain; grumble.
- transitive v. To botch; bungle. Often used with up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female dog or other canine. In particular one who has recently had puppies.
- n. A complaint.
- n. A difficult or confounding problem.
- n. A queen (playing card), particularly the queen of spades in the card game of hearts.
- n. Something unforgiving and unpleasant.
- v. To behave or act as a bitch.
- v. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) To make derogatory comments.
- v. To criticize spitefully, often for the sake of complaining rather than in order to have the problem corrected.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The female of the canine kind, as of the dog, wolf, and fox.
- n. An opprobrious name for a woman, especially a lewd woman.
- n. an unpleasant, malicious, or offensive person.
- n. something difficult or unpleasant.
- n. a complaint.
- intransitive v. to complain in a whining or grumbling manner; to gripe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The female of the dog; also, by extension, the female of other canine animals, as of the wolf and fox.
- n. A coarse name of reproach for a woman.
- n. plural A set of three chains for slinging pipes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. say mean things
- n. female of any member of the dog family
- n. an unpleasant difficulty
- n. informal terms for objecting
- v. complain
- n. a person (usually but not necessarily a woman) who is thoroughly disliked
Middle English bicche, from Old English bicce.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English biche, bicche, from Old English biċċe, from Proto-Germanic *bikjōn (compare Norwegian bikkja ("dog"), Old Danish bikke), from *bikjanan (“to thrust, attack”) (compare Old Norse bikkja ("plunge into water"), Dutch bikken ("to hack")). More at bicker. (Wiktionary)