Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bitch v.

1. [late 16C+] to go whoring; thus bitchery, working as a whore; bitching, whoring.

2. [18C; 1950s+] to act in a promiscuous manner; thus bitching, acting promiscuously.

3. [early 18C; 1910s+] (orig. US) to complain.

4. [late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) to give in, esp. through cowardice.

5. [early–mid-19C] (UK campus) to drink tea.

6. [early 19C+] to spoil, to ruin.

7. [1920s–60s] (US) to cheat, to swindle; thus bitched, swindled.

8. [1930s+] to treat badly; thus bitched, treated badly.

9. [1950s+] (orig. US) to criticize, to attack verbally, to nag, to gossip harshly; thus bitched, criticized, nagged.

In derivatives

bitcher (n.)

[1960s+] a complainer, a whinger.

In compounds

bitch-bag (n.) [bag n.1 (1a), i.e. to go whoring with them]

[2000s] (Irish) the testicles.

bitch box (n.) [1940s+]

a public address system; a loudspeaker.

bitch fest (n.) [-fest sfx]

[2010s] collective denigration of an absentee third party.

bitch queen (n.) [bitch n.1 ]

[2000s] (S.Afr. gay) one who complains constantly.

bitch session (n.) (also bitching session)

[1940s+] (orig. US milit.) a conversation in which one airs one’s complaints.

In phrases

bitch and moan (v.)

[1940s+] to complain all the time; also as adj., complaining constantly.

bitched off (adj.)

[1950s] (US) furious.

bitched (up) (adj.)

1. [early 19C+] ruined, spoilt.

2. [1910s+] confused.

3. [1960s] of a woman, very unpleasant.

4. [1960s–70s] (US) angry.

5. [1990s+] (US gay) dressed up, esp. in a blatant homosexual manner.

bitch off (v.)

1. [1950s] (S.Afr.) to run away, to escape.

2. [1970s] (US campus) to annoy, to irritate.

bitch out (v.)

[2000s] to act in a cowardly manner, to turn informer.

bitch someone out (v.)

[1950s+] (US campus) to tell someone off; to attack verbally.

bitch someone up (v.)

[1950s] (US) of a woman, to irritate or cause trouble for a man, e.g. a boyfriend, by flirting or playing ‘feminine’ games.

bitch up (v.)

see separate entry.