Learn English Slang: BITCH

The slang word “bitch” is everywhere these days: in movies, television, music, and even in our casual conversations. It can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, and it is also widely used in expressions. Do you know all the subtleties of “bitch”? Used correctly, it can be very powerful, but use it incorrectly, and you might get in trouble. So understand how to use the word properly unless you want to get bitch slapped!


Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to a lesson about a bad word. No, it’s not a bad word. The word is “bitch”, and if you look in your dictionary, it means a female dog. I’m going to have to give you a disclaimer for this one: I’m going to teach you about a word that we use in English, and some people think it’s a bad word. I’ll teach you just how bad the word is.

But we should go over one more time the pronunciation… Of pronunciation of the word “bitch”. So, a lot of the times, we-maybe you-say “bitch”, but you want to say “beach”. So, when you go to the ocean and there’s waves, and you want to say the word “beach”, maybe you say “bitch”. So the pronunciation of this word is very fast, so you’re going to say “bitch”. The place that’s very relaxing with the ocean, we have to elongate the “e” sound. It is not two syllables. It is one syllable, and it’s: “beeeeech”. It’s a very long “e” sound. The spelling, of course, is: “b-e-a-c-h”, but the pronunciation, we take out the “a” and make it a very, very long “e” sound. So, one is “beach” and one is “bitch”. You can practice your pronunciation by saying… Pronunciation by saying… [Laughs] Yeah. “There were many bitches at the beach.” Good. So that means, hey, guess what? I went to the beach on Saturday and there were so many female dogs around. I was like: “Where are the boy dogs?” It was like bitches at the beach on Saturday.

So let’s dive in… Right into this. I’m going to teach you what this means in real life, which means slang. So, if you look in a dictionary, a bitch is a female dog. Story. I have a dog, it’s a boy. I went to a very wonderful old lady’s house, and she said: “Where’s my bitch?” And I: “Wha-? What? What?” She’s Scottish. She said: “Where’s my bitch?” I’m like: “Oh my god. She just said ‘bitch’. This is fantastic. Who’s your bitch, Margaret?” And then I realized she was talking about her dog. So I was like: “Oh. People actually use the word to mean female dog?” I was surprised. I thought she was talking about her nasty co-worker, but apparently it’s still used today. So if it’s a boy dog it’s called a stud-oh yeah-but if it’s a female dog it’s actually still called bitch, along with any canine. So a wolf girl is called a bitch. Perfect. Good.

So, the way we use it does not mean female dog in slang. Whew. It means many things. As a noun, it implies that the person is selfish, unpleasant, lewd which means rude sexually, or downright nasty. Nasty means they’re not nice or they’re very mean. So, example, I can say: “Oh my god, I was such a bitch to Bob. I’m sorry, Bob, I was such a bitch to you”, which means I was kind of nasty or mean.

Such a nasty woman.

Maybe you’re having a bad day or I was having a bad day, and Bob or someone came to me and said: “Hey, Ronnie.” I’d be like: “What!? What do you want!?” Kind of like a dragon lady kind of thing, but if you are a bitch to someone it means you’re not nice to them, you’re mean or you’re sharp with them.

If you guys watch jail dramas, like Prison Break or Oz-aw, what a great show-you will hear things like: “He’s my bitch.” And, again, you’re like: “He’s a dog that’s a girl?” No. “He’s my bitch” means that a man is submissive. “Submissive” is the opposite of dominant. So if you are submissive, you do what people tell you to do. If somebody said: “Hey, Ronnie. Go get me a beer.” I’d say: “Hey. Guess what, Bob? I’m not your bitch. Get your own beer.” So submissive means you do what people tell you. In jail, if he’s my bitch and I’m a man, it means that he does anything that I want him to do. Yes, even that. Many times. So: “He’s my bitch” means he’s submissive. I am higher than he is. Ladies: “I’m not your bitch.” Try it. Say it.

We also use it to mean things that were unpleasant. For example, if you took the IELTS exam, you can say: “Oh my god, the IELTS exam was such a bitch.” It means it was unpleasant or very, very difficult to do, which exams are, that’s why they’re exams.

We can also talk about people being a “two-faced bitch”. This means-hi, Vanessa-that you have a friend who maybe tells your friends something bad about you, and then to your face is friendly to you. So it’s like they have two faces, one is bitchy face or nasty face, and one is friendly face. So you can tell this person a two-faced bitch.


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