What is the difference between mouthful and bite?

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In context|slang|lang=en terms the difference between mouthful and bite

is that mouthful is (slang) quite a bit while bite is (slang) an act of plagiarism.

As nouns the difference between mouthful and bite

is that mouthful is the amount that will fit in a mouth while bite is the act of.

As a verb bite is

to cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.




  • The amount that will fit in a mouth.
  • * He swallowed a mouthful of sea water when he fell in.
  • (slang) Quite a bit.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1960 , author= , title=(Jeeves in the Offing) , section=chapter VII , passage=“Unquestionably his metabolism is unduly susceptible to stresses resulting from the interaction of external excitations,” he said, and Bobbie patted him on the shoulder in a maternal sort of way, a thing I wouldn't have cared to do myself though our relations were, as I have indicated, more cordial than they had been at one time, and told him he had said a mouthful .}}
  • Something difficult to pronounce or say.
  • * "She sells sea shells" is a bit of a mouthful to say.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1960 , author= , title=(Jeeves in the Offing) , section=chapter X , passage=“Yes, you may leave this little matter entirely to me, Mr Wooster.” “I wish you'd call me Bertie.” “Certainly, certainly.” “And might I call you Roderick?” “I shall be delighted.” “Or Roddy? Roderick's rather a mouthful .” “Whichever you prefer.”}}
  • * 2010 , Alexander Irvine, Iron Man 2: The Junior Novel , page 77
  • "Tony, I'm the executive director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Strategic Homeland Intelligence, Enforcement, and Logistics Division," explained Fury.
    Tony nodded. "Want a tip? Fire your namer of things, because that's a mouthful ."
  • A tirade of abusive language (especially in the term "give someone a mouthful")
  • Synonyms

    * (quantity of liquid) See also




  • To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
  • As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
  • To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
  • To attack with the teeth.
  • That dog is about to bite !
  • To behave aggressively; to reject advances.
  • If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite .
  • To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
  • I needed snow chains to make the tires bite .
  • To have significant effect, often negative.
  • For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite .
  • (of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
  • Are the fish biting today?
  • (metaphor) To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
  • I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite ?
  • (intransitive, transitive, of an insect) To sting.
  • These mosquitoes are really biting today!
  • To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.
  • It bites like pepper or mustard.
  • To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense.
  • Pepper bites the mouth.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Frosts do bite the meads.
  • To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 32
  • At the last it [wine] biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
  • To take or keep a firm hold.
  • The anchor bites .
  • To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.
  • The anchor bites the ground.
  • * Charles Dickens
  • The last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, it turned and turned with nothing to bite .
  • (slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.
  • This music really bites .
  • (transitive, informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. (Used in invective).
  • You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.
  • (intransitive, AAVE, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.
  • He always be biting my moves.

    Derived terms

    * bite back * bite in the ass * bite me * bite off * bite off more than one can chew * bite one's knuckle * bite one's tongue * biter * bite someone's head off * bite the big one * bite the bullet * bite the dust * bite the hand that feeds one * biting


    (en noun)
  • The act of .
  • * Walton
  • I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite .
  • The wound left behind after having been bitten.
  • That snake bite really hurts!
  • The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
  • After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites .
  • A piece of food of a size that would be produced by ; a mouthful.
  • There were only a few bites left on the plate.
  • (slang) Something unpleasant.
  • That's really a bite !
  • (slang) An act of plagiarism.
  • That song is a bite of my song!
  • A small meal or snack.
  • I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.
  • (figuratively) aggression
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=March 2 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Man City 3 - 0 Aston Villa , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=City scored the goals but periods of ball possession were shared - the difference being Villa lacked bite in the opposition final third.}}
  • The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has upon another.
  • (colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
  • * Humorist
  • The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite , by deceiving and overreaching.
  • (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.
  • (Johnson)
  • (printing) A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening between the type and paper.
  • (Webster 1913)


    * (act of biting) * (wound left behind after having been bitten) * (sense, swelling caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting) sting * (piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting) mouthful * * * (small meal or snack) snack *

    Derived terms

    * bitemark * bite-sized * bite stick * crossbite * in one bite * overbite * snake-bite, snakebite * underbite