- a female dog: The bitch won first place in the sporting dogs category.
- a female of canines generally.
- a malicious, unpleasant, selfish person, especially a woman.
- a lewd woman.
- Disparaging and Offensive.any woman.
- Slang. a person who is submissive or subservient to someone, usually in a humiliating way: Tom is so her bitch—he never questions what she decides.
- a man who willingly or unwillingly submits to the will and control of a dominant partner in a sexual relationship, especially with another man, as in prison bitch: Watch out, or your cellmate will make you his prison bitch.
- a gay man who assumes the passive or female role in a sexual relationship.
- a complaint.See also bitch session.
- anything difficult or unpleasant: That test was a real bitch.
- anything memorable, especially something exceptionally good: You threw one bitch of a party last night.
verb (used without object)
- Slang. to complain; gripe: They bitched about the service, then about the bill.
verb (used with object)
- Slang. to spoil; bungle (sometimes followed by up): He bitched the job completely. You really bitched up this math problem.
- sit/ride bitch, to sit uncomfortably between two others in the middle of the front or back seat of a car, particularly one with a raised section in the middle resulting in being forced to bring one’s knees up in a bent position: When I was young, I was the smallest, so I was always stuck sitting bitch. Please don’t make me ride bitch again!
- marvelous; wonderful.
- a female dog or other female canine animal, such as a wolf
- offensive, slang a malicious, spiteful, or coarse woman
- slang a complaint
- slang a difficult situation or problem
- slang a person who acts as a subordinate or slave to another person
- (intr) to complain; grumble
- to behave (towards) in a spiteful or malicious manner
- (tr, often foll by up) to botch; bungle
also bitchen, “good,” teen/surfer slang attested from 1950s, apparently from bitch (v.) in some inverted sense. Meaning “complaining” is by 1945, U.S. armed services.
Old English bicce “female dog,” probably from Old Norse bikkjuna “female of the dog” (also fox, wolf, and occasionally other beasts), of unknown origin. Grimm derives the Old Norse word from Lapp pittja, but OED notes that “the converse is equally possible.” As a term of contempt applied to women, it dates from c.1400; of a man, c.1500, playfully, in the sense of “dog.” Used among male homosexuals from 1930s. In modern (1990s, originally black English) slang, its use with reference to a man is sexually contemptuous, from the “woman” insult.
BITCH. A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore. [“Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” 1811]
Bitch goddess coined 1906 by William James; the original one was success.
“to complain,” attested at least from 1930, perhaps from the sense in bitchy, perhaps influenced by the verb meaning “to bungle, spoil,” which is recorded from 1823. But bitched in this sense seems to echo Middle English bicched “cursed, bad,” a general term of opprobrium (e.g. Chaucer’s bicched bones “unlucky dice”), which despite the hesitation of OED, seems to be a derivative of bitch (n.).