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
The word bitch stung and confused me about how to handle myself.
MARK THE MISOGYNIST: He has a horrible relationship with his mother, ex-wife, and/or girlfriend, usually describes them as crazy, psycho, or bipolar, and he uses the word bitch a lot.
For me, it's the stark difference between men using the term bitch and women using the term bitch.
In English, the term "bitch" might be closer to conveying what he meant, Mr. Misdaq said.
Using the term "bitch" other than its biological meaning is demeaning to women in general.
The "N word" has roots as old as our nation, while the root's of the derogatory term "bitch" are even older.
The word "bitch" is still somewhat socially acceptable in modern day conversation, but that doesn't make it any less offensive.
"You know that under our Dignity in the Workplace Policy you're not permitted to use the word 'bitch' except as a verb or to refer to a female member of a non-human mammalian species."
That realization made me realize the word "bitch" is used as a verbal weapon to manipulate women and helped me get past it and move to a place of real empowerment.
Here in the USA, to call someone a son of a bitch is an insult because a bitch is a female dog.
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