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British English: /bʌɪt/
American English: /baɪt/

Translation of bite in French:


  • 1 (mouthful) in one bite
    en une bouchée
    to have ou take a bite of something
    prendre une bouchée de quelque chose
    to take a bite out of something
    faire un trou dans quelque chose
    that will take a big bite out of our budget/profits
    cela va faire un grand trou dans notre budget/marge bénéficiaire
  • 3 [figurative] (impact, keen edge) (of wind, cold)
    (of food)
    (of argument, performance, style, film)
    his speech/film has bite
    son discours/film a du mordant
  • 5 (Fishing) to have a bite
    avoir une touche
    trouver amateur
    the house is up for sale but we haven't had any bites yet
    la maison est en vente mais nous n'avons pas encore trouvé amateur

transitive verb

  • also: prét bit pp bitten
    (person, animal)
    to bite something in two
    couper [quelque chose] en deux d'un coup de dent
    to bite one's nails

intransitive verb prét bit pp bitten

  • 1 (take effect)
    (measure, policy, rule, new rates, strike, shortage)


he/she won't bite you (informal)!

il/elle ne va pas te manger (informal)!

to bite one's lip

se mordre les lèvres
to bite the hand that feeds you

the biter bit

to be bitten by the DIY/health food bug

attraper le virus (informal) du bricolage/de la diététique

Phrasal verbs

bite back

bite back [something]
(rude comment, reply)

bite into

bite into [something] [literal]
mordre dans
(fruit, sandwich etc)
[figurative] (affect)
avoir un effet sur
(economy, finances)

bite off

bite off [something], bite [something] off
arracher [quelque chose] d'un coup de dent

bite on

bite on [something]
mordre sur

bite through

bite through [something]
(person, animal)
percer [quelque chose] avec ses dents

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