Bite or Bight – What’s the Difference?

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Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond studied Advanced Writing & Editing Essentials at MHC. She’s been an International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author for over a decade. And she’s worked as an Editor for several mid-sized publications. Candace has a keen eye for content editing and a high degree of expertise in Fiction.

Are bite and bight the same word? Are they pronounced differently? What do they mean? These are all common questions I hear when it comes to homophones. And sometimes, they do share a meaning, but that’s not the case here. So, I’m going to explain what bite and bight mean and how you should be using them correctly.

Is It Bite or Bight?

Bite or Bight Whats the Difference

You wouldn’t think that two words spelled so differently would sound the same, but when it comes to “bite” and “bight,” you’d be wrong. They sound identical.

You’d use the word “bite” as a noun when talking about eating something; “I took a bite of his sandwich.” Then, as a verb, you’d say, “Bite into this sandwich, please.”

You can also use it to refer to anything that’s a small portion of something, like a bite of information.

How Do You Spell Bite?

Bite is spelled with four letters, b-i-t-e, and bight is b-i-g-h-t.

When to Use the Word Bite

Bite is usually meant as a verb and means to cut, grip, or puncture with your teeth. It can also mean taking a small amount of food into the mouth or causing pain or discomfort. In a slang context, you’d use “bite” to express the intent of starting or learning something. “Take a bite out of learning to draw.”

When to Use the Word Bight

Bight is a noun that describes a bend or curve in a coastline, river, or even a rope. You can also use bight to describe a slack section of a rope that forms a loop.

The Etymology of the Word Bight

The word bight originated in the 14th century and came from the Old English word byht, which basically means a bend or a curve.

Synonyms for Bite

  • Nibble
  • Gnaw
  • Chomp
  • Munch
  • Clamp

Synonyms for Bight

  • Bend
  • Curve
  • Loop
  • Slack
  • Bay

Bite Examples in a Sentence

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  • Our bulldog bit the mailman on the leg again.
  • I couldn’t help myself and took a bite of the last juicy apple.
  • I only need a bite of information to go on to write this speech.
  • He bit his lip in frustration as the class refused to listen to him.
  • My daughter is allergic to mosquito bites.

Bight Examples in a Sentence

  • We waited on the deck as our ship sailed into the bight of the bay.
  • I hate how my hair always has a bight in it no matter how much I style it.
  • The climbers smartly tied a bight in the rope to create a foothold.
  • Coastline bights are found along most bodies of water.
  • I know the river flows through a winding bight in the valley, so be careful.
  • The sailor secured his little boat to a bight in the dock.

Take a Bite Out of Grammar

Learning and knowing the difference between most homophones can help improve your writing. You should always be reading and absorbing essential facts like this so you can be confident when using these words in written form.

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