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)


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  • In Tokyo.

    September 30, 2009

  • Speaking of chemistry, Boron, Iodine, Technetium, Hydrogen: BITcH

    June 27, 2008

  • I've seen it used with WeirdNet's definition.
    As in, "Omg, this Chemistry assignment is a bitch!"

    I have also been guilty of using bitchin' to describe things that are good as well as things that are bad.

    April 3, 2008

  • "It was June 10th, six-thirty in the evening, plenty of light left in the sky. Summer, that beautiful green bitch, had ridden into Maine again."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007

  • It is the "bitch seat", "riding bitch" is short for "riding in the bitch seat".

    December 20, 2007

  • Isn't "riding bitch" a verb? Like, "I had to ride bitch in Jack's Miata"?

    December 19, 2007

  • seanahan, I once saw a very small car park and 7 college guys get out. One who had emerged from the back seat was rubbing his neck and mumbled, "dude, shotgun" the way you'd utter dying words. Hilarious. I guess he was the "riding bitch" of which you speak.

    December 19, 2007

  • Well said, samoritan!

    December 19, 2007

  • The same as in "Life's a bitch". I also like riding the usage, "riding bitch", describing being the one stuck in the middle backseat of a car.

    December 19, 2007

  • I like WeirdNet's definition of it, too.

    December 19, 2007

  • This is the word I love to hate. It has gone from meaning a female dog to a vulgar reference to a angry woman to a mainstream reference for an upwardly-moble woman. Lately I heard it used as a non-gender reference for someone who does general tasks ("He is the office bitch.") Altho I personally wouldn't use it, "Bitch" is a truly amazing example of the organic ability of language to change in context over time.

    December 19, 2007