Bitch. n.s. [bıꞇᵹ, Saxon.]
- The female of the canine kind; as the wolf, the dog, the fox, the otter.
And at his feet a bitch wolf suck did yield
To two young babes. Spens. Vision of Bellay.
I have been credibly informed, that a bitch will nurse, play with, and be fond of young foxes, as much as, and in place of her puppies. Locke.
- A name of reproach for a woman.
John had not run a madding so long, had it not been for an extravagant bitch of a wife. Arbuthnot's History of J. Bull.