Definition of bite noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




using teeth

1 [countable] an act of bitingThe dog gave me a playful bite.He has to wear a brace to correct his bite (= the way the upper and lower teeth fit together).


2 [countable] a small piece of food that you can bite from a larger pieceShe took a couple of bites of the sandwich.He didn't eat a bite of his dinner (= he ate nothing).3 a bite (to eat) [singular] (informal) a small amount of food; a small meala bite to eat before the movie.Let's go grab a bite.

of insect/animal

4 [countable] a wound made by an animal or insectDog bites can get infected.a mosquito/snake bite

strong taste

5 [uncountable] a pleasant strong tasteCheese will add extra bite to any pasta dish.


6 [singular] a sharp, cold feelingThere's a bite in the air tonight.

powerful effect

7 [uncountable] a quality that makes something effective or powerfulThe performance had no bite to it.The sun had lost some of its bite by then.

of fish

8 [countable] the act of a fish biting food on a hookThe fishermen waited all afternoon for a bite.
see also frostbite, sound biteIDIOMS

someone's bark is worse than their bite

(informal) used to say that someone is not really as angry or as aggressive as they soundbark is worse than their bite

take a bite out of something

(informal) to reduce something by a large amountInsurance costs can take a bite out of your retirement funds.take a bite out of