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From Middle English biche, bicche, from Old English bi??e, from Proto-Germanic *bikj? (compare Norwegian bikkje (“dog”), Old Danish bikke), from *bikjan? (“to thrust, attack”) (compare Old Norse bikkja (“plunge into water”), Dutch bikken (“to hack”)). More at bicker.
bitch (plural bitches)
- (dated or specialised, dog-breeding) A female dog or other canine, particularly a recent mother.
- (archaic, offensive) A promiscuous woman, slut, whore.
- (vulgar, offensive) A despicable or disagreeable, aggressive person, typically a woman or man considered effeminate in some way. [from 15th c.]
- (vulgar, offensive) A submissive person who does what others want; (prison slang) a man forced or coerced into a homoerotic relationship. [from the 20th c]
- (obsolete, informal, of a man) A playful variation on dog (sense "man"). [from the 16th c]
- (humorous, vulgar, colloquial, used with a possessive pronoun) Friend. [from the 20th c]
- (vulgar, colloquial) A complaint, especially when the complaint is unjustified.
- (colloquial, vulgar, usually only used in the singular) A difficult or confounding problem.
- (colloquial) A queen (playing card), particularly the queen of spades in the card game of hearts.
- (vulgar, figuratively) Something unforgiving and unpleasant.
- (vulgar, informal, slang) Place; situation