Definition of biting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪtɪŋ/


1(Of insects and certain other animals) able to wound the skin with a sting or fangs: a cream to ward off biting insects
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  • Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.
  • M says that although he realises that Moog was provoked he's not prepared to have a biting dog in the house so if he ever shows signs of it again then he'll have to go.
  • The grazing isn't as good, but they are able to find some respite from the biting insects.
2(Of wind or cold) so cold as to be painful: he leant forward to protect himself against the biting wind
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  • The winner was a five-and-a-half pound cod while hundreds of anglers caught nothing more than a cold, fighting off biting wind, rain and huge waves.
  • Through rain, through wind, through biting cold, he ran as if his life depended on it, and it may very well have.
  • With the very cold biting wind on their backs and also the advantage of having the pitch incline in their favour, Carlow put on early pressure on the Wexford back line.
bitter, piercing, penetrating, nipping, stinging, sharp, raw, harsh, wintry
informal nippy
British informal parky
literary chill
2.1(Of wit or criticism) harsh or cruel: his biting satire on corruption and power
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  • He began his speech with a biting criticism of corporate crime and introduced his Twelve-Step Congressional Candidate Pledge.
  • You have a biting wit and intense powers of observation.
  • It requires a biting wit and an ability to make fun of people even if they're being earnest, but especially if they're merely pretending to be earnest.



Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪtɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • It is frigid, bitingly cold, and you have young and old in the streets, and you have the important services, the security services, the navy, the armed forces, saying that they will not turn against the people.
  • On its face, it's a bitingly satirical article about a ‘Men's History Month’ allegedly held at a high school in Vallejo, CA.
  • On a bitingly cold January afternoon it was hard to imagine a sunny June 2004 day when Moore Street Plaza becomes a resplendent showcase of downtown Dublin.

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