from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Mean, spiteful, or overbearing.
  • adjective In a bad mood; irritable or cranky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective slang marked by or arising from malice.

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  • adjective derogatory, vulgar spiteful or malevolent; catty; malicious; unpleasant
  • adjective derogatory, vulgar irritable

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  • adjective marked by or arising from malice


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  • I should have left well enough alone, but no, I call the bitchy parent back who had just left a perticularly nasty message on my voicemail while I was taking a most lovely of lovely steamy hot bath while perusing a 2 foot deep stack of National Geographics.

    madrigle Diary Entry madrigle 2002

  • Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties.

    A Woman's Place 1992

  • Because his reviews were so intemperate ( "God knows I've never aspired to anything like impartiality"), and, yes, because he happens to be gay, he's been dismissed as "bitchy" - "a troubled queen."

    The King of Splatter Crit Lays Down His Weapon 2004

  • Oh well, at least she seems kind of bitchy, which is always fun! 2010

  • And some of the ways they get to flex that saving-grace rapier wit are ultimately deeply unlikable because they’re often just plain bitchy about it, and mean humour wears so frightfully thin, thin as our svelte raven-haired cerulean-eyed heroine.

    Me and Chick-Lit « Tales from the Reading Room 2009

  • In the end, turns out it's Vista being bitchy, which is no surprise.

    Straight Outta Nowhere herince_emyn 2010

  • Public fascination with the romantic lives of our country's most powerful (mostly single) women is fairly predictable, train-wreck coverage that ranges from whispers of lesbianism to reports of so-called bitchy behavior to completely de-humanizing or hyper-sexualized commentary involving pantsuits.

    Maegan Carberry: Finding a Man's Love in a Man's World 2010

  • Which is what British publications called a bitchy digital personal trainer Apple patented last year.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now 2009

  • Just short of getting bitchy, which isn't my intention, the site is sorely lacking.

    Red Cardinal 2009

  • Then a super-weird exchange -- fraught but nonsensical -- between Cat, Michaele and Jen (who at the winery stepped out of obscurity to tell Cat she was being "bitchy," and suddenly the cameras focused on her like she'd just descended from heaven -- well played, Jen!).

    Mean girls: D.C. "Housewives" recap and fact-check (#5, Sept. 9) 2010


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