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Bitch is a term for the female of a canine species in general. It is also frequently used as a derogatory term for a woman, taken to mean that she is malicious, spiteful, domineering, intrusive, or unpleasant. This second meaning has been in use since around 1400.[1] When used to describe a male, it confers the meaning of "subordinate", especially to another male (as in prison). More recent variants of bitch are bitchy, ill-tempered (1925), and to bitch, to complain (1930).[1] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that French Wiktionary be merged into this article or section. ... Genera Alopex Atelocynus Canis Cerdocyon Chrysocyon Cuon Cynotherium † Dusicyon † Dasycyon Fennecus Lycalopex Lycaon Nyctereutes Otocyon Pseudalopex Speothos Urocyon Vulpes Wikispecies has information related to: Canidae Canidae is the family of carnivorous and omnivorous mammals commonly known as canines. ... Events Henry IV quells baron rebellion and executes The Earls of Kent, Huntingdon and Salisbury for their attempt to have Richard II of England restored as King Jean Froissart writes the Chronicles Medici family becomes powerful in Florence, Italy Births December 25 - John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of...

Sometime during the late 1990s or early 2000s, the term "bitch" became more and more accepted and less offensive, and is now very rarely censored on television broadcasts or otherwise. Prior to the term's general acceptance, euphemism terms were often substituted, such as "gun" in the phrase "son of a gun". For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about the decade starting at the beginning of 2000 and ending at the end of 2009. ... Censorship is the removal or withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. ... A euphemism is an expression intended by the speaker to be less offensive, disturbing, or troubling to the listener than the word or phrase it replaces, or in the case of doublespeak to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... A gun is a common name given to a device that fires high-velocity projectiles. ... Son of a gun is a slang term present in American and British English. ...




offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore".[2]

Meaning woman

The word bitch is sometimes used casually among hip-hop artists and followers of the culture. The term is typically used to describe a young female regardless of personality or looks. Often it is a directly negative and violent condemnation of character (referring sometimes to males as well, but especially directed at females). When used, it is sometimes meant in a more ambiguous sense, though usually it denotes ownership, therefore reinforcing cultural norms of the word as negative, especially towards the feminine. This is similar to previous feminist attempts to identify it as somewhat a call of sisterhood.

Sexual subordinacy

In the context of prison sexuality, a bitch is a lower-hierarchy prisoner, typically physically weak or vulnerable, who is dominated by more senior prisoners and forced to adopt a servile role. According to convention, these inmates are used as sexual slaves or traded as personal property. To call a male a "bitch" usually suggests that he is sexually passive in this manner. Prison sexuality deals with sexual relationships between confined individuals. ... A hierarchy (in Greek: , it is derived from -hieros, sacred, and -arkho, rule) is a system of ranking and organizing things or people, where each element of the system (except for the top element) is subordinate to a single other element. ...

Bitch slap

The term "bitch slap" is derived from American slang. In the original sense, a "bitch slap" is a powerful, full-swing slap in the face with the front of the hand, evoking the way an angry pimp might slap a defiant prostitute (not to be confused with a "pimp slap" which uses the back of the hand). However, the term is now frequently used figuratively to describe a humiliating defeat or punishment. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...

Son of a bitch

The term son of a bitch is a form of profanity (used mainly in the US) usually used to refer to a man who is nasty, rude or otherwise offensive. It also is used as an exclamation or in an exclamative pretext. In the latter case it may be considered a swear or curse. It is commonly abbreviated as SOB. Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Riding bitch

The word bitch as in the phrase "riding bitch" can refer to the middle bench seat in which one is sandwiched between the driver and another passenger—an uncomfortable position when space in the car is scarce, especially where the drive tunnel limits legroom. The traditional seat installed in American automobiles was the bench seat. ...

The origins of the phrase "riding bitch" could be interpreted as chauvinistic or sexist. In the past, as well as currently in some parts of the world, men have been the drivers and women have sat next to them, with the child or passenger in the seat furthest from the driver. "Riding bitch" also refers to riding on the small seat behind the driver of a motorcycle A pillion is a pad or cushion (seating) behind the seat of the driver (rider) of a motorcycle, moped, or horse for a second person who is said to ride pillion (and is also often called a pillion). Bitch seat is somewhat vulgar American motorcycle slang for this seat. ...


The adjectives bitchy and bitchin' and the verb to bitch evolved from the noun bitch. All of these derivative forms tend to be less offensive than the noun form, although it is clear that most derivations of the term originate from the insulting meaning of "bitch."

From this usage of bitch as "complain", the colloquial noun bitch-fest evolved, to describe people complaining about something together. Used in its verb form, to bitch is considered significantly less offensive than the noun bitch. It is not uncommon for people to say that they are "bitching" about something, whereas it is less common for someone to call himself or herself a "bitch." Although "to bitch" may maintain some of its feminine specificity, men are also commonly said to be "bitching" when they are complaining extensively about something (thus implying they are acting feminine).

The use of the term "bitching" has been extended to the common sewing or crafting get together known as a "stitch-n-bitch". At these gathering women (and occasionally men) gather to work on projects and talk or complain.

The adjective bitchy has a wider range of meanings. Someone who is bitchy may merely be temperamental or moody . Bitchy is usually used to describe women; it can be somewhat feminizing when used for men. Alternately, when applied to articles of clothing, it suggests that they are worn to advertise sexual availability.

Bitchin' was a valley girl term used in the 1980s synonymous with the word "cool". In the United States, Valley girl, or Val, is a term coined for rich female residents of the San Fernando Valley, and originated in the 1970s. ...

Biatch is a pronunciation of bitch, which became popular through its frequent use in rap music and by black comedians. Beeotch, Beyotch, Byotch, Beyatch, and "Botch" are other ways of spelling the Biatch pronunciation of "bitch."

According to Google Trends the word "biatch" struck through during November 2004.

In Internet slang, particularly in online gaming, the variant "biz0tch" appears. You may also see "bEEotch". This Article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Multiplayer is a mode of play for computer and video games in which multiple people can play the same game at the same time. ...

In cards

In poker

Common situations in poker where another player has "drawn out," or managed to defy probability and defeat them with a previously weaker hand, is occasionally referred to as "getting bitched." A game of Texas holdem, the most popular form of poker, in progress. ...

To have the "bitch end" of a hand in poker is to have the weaker version of the same hand as another player. This situation occurs especially in poker games with community cards. This article needs to be wikified. ...

In hearts

In the game of hearts, the queen of spades (worth thirteen points alone) is referred to as "the bitch" or the "Black Bitch". The latter nickname has evolved into an alternative name for the game itself.

See also

Bitch magazine, which bills itself as a Feminist response to pop culture, is a quarterly black and white magazine published in California. ...


  1. ^ a b bitch. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved on 2007-01-09.
  2. ^ Grose, Francis. 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Hosted at Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on January 9, 2007.

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In colloquial use, the word bitch is often employed insultingly to describe a woman as malicious, spiteful, domineering, intrusive, unpleasant or sexually promiscuous; it may also be used to refer to a male subordinate to another male (especially in prison to show domination over another).
Men too have reappropriated the word "bitch" as a colloquial term of endearment (e.g., "good night, bitch"), although such usage nonetheless remains edgy in most circumstances, and would usually be appropriate only when jokingly addressed to a close friend or familiar person who could be expected to correctly interpret the jocular intention underlying this usage.
In the original sense, a "bitch slap" is a powerful, full-swing slap in the face with the front of the hand, evoking the way an angry pimp might slap a defiant prostitute (not to be confused with a "pimp slap" which uses the back of the hand).
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