bitch

{{11}}bitch (n.) O.E. bicce "female dog," probably from O.N. bikkjuna "female of the dog" (also fox, wolf, and occasionally other beasts), of unknown origin. Grimm derives the O.N. 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]
Insult son of a bitch is O.N. bikkju-sonr. Bitch goddess coined 1906 by William James; the original one was SUCCESS (Cf. success).
{{12}}bitch (v.) "to complain," attested at least from 1930, perhaps from the sense in BITCHY (Cf. bitchy), perhaps influenced by the verb meaning "to bungle, spoil," which is recorded from 1823. But bitched in this sense seems to echo M.E. 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 (Cf. bitch) (n.).

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  • Bitch — (b[i^]ch), n. [OE. biche, bicche, AS. bicce; cf. Icel. bikkja, G. betze, peize.] 1. The female of the canine kind, as of the dog, wolf, and fox. [1913 Webster] 2. An opprobrious name for a woman, especially a lewd woman. Pope. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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