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English

Etymology

Old English bitter

Pronunciation

Homophones

Adjective

bitter (comparative bitterer, superlative bitterest)

Positive
bitter

Comparative
bitterer

Superlative
bitterest

  1. Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)
    The coffee was bitter.
  2. Harsh, piercing or stinging
    A bitter wind blew from the north.
    1999: It was at the end of February, ... when the world was cold, and a bitter wind howled down the moors.... — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 31 (Perennial paperback edition)
  3. Hateful or hostile
    They're bitter enemies.
  4. Cynical and resentful
    I've been bitter ever since that defeat.

Usage notes

  • The one-word comparative form bitterer and superlative form bitterest exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts more bitter and most bitter.

Translations

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Noun

Singular
bitter

Plural
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  1. (usually in the plural bitters) A liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
  2. A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.

Translations

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Danish

Etymology 1

From German bitter

Adjective

bitter, bitrere, bitrest

  1. bitter (all meanings)
Related terms

Noun

bitter c.

  1. bitter (the liquid used in drinks)
  2. A bitter form of an aquavit

Etymology 2

From English bitter

Noun

bitter c.

  1. bitter (type of beer - only known generally in Denmark for a few years)

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

bitter, bittere (comparative bitterder, bitterdere; superlative bitterst, bitterste)

  1. bitter (having an acrid taste)

Related terms

verbitterd

See also

zoet, zout, zuur


German

Etymology

Old High German bittar

Adjective

bitter (comparative bitterer, superlative am bittersten)

  1. bitter

Italian

Noun

bitter m. inv.

  1. bitters

Old English

Etymology

Maybe from the verb *bitan

Adjective

bitter

  1. bitter

Swedish

Pronunciation

Adjective

Inflections of
bitter
Absolute Comparative Superlative
Attributive Predicative
Indefinite
singular
Common bitter bittrare bittrast
Neuter bittert
Definite
singular
Masc. bittre bittraste
All bittra bittraste
Plural bittra bittraste

bitter

  1. bitter; having an acrid taste
  2. bitter; hateful
  3. bitter; resentful

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