How do you say BITTER in Italian?

Bitter in Italian


Amaro is how you say bitter in Italian. Amaro can also mean “sour” and “tonic liquor”.

OriginFrom the Latin word amarum, “bitter liquor”


Bitter in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, amaro needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

woman eating something sour

Bitter in Italian: Examples

Il caffè senza zucchero è molto amaro.
Coffee without sugar is very bitter.

Questi limoni sono amari.
These lemons are bitter.

La cioccolata fondente è spesso amara.
Dark chocolate is often bitter.

La sconfitta ha lasciato un sapore amaro.
The defeat left a bitter taste.

boy holding a chocolate bar

From amaro you get amarezza, meaning “bitterness”.

La fine dell’estate portava con sé un senso di amarezza.
The end of summer brought with it a sense of bitterness.

You can also find cacao amaro, meaning “unsweetened cocoa”.

Il cacao amaro è caro.
Unsweetened cocoa is expensive.

Bitter in Italian: Expressions

There are some idiomatic expressions with the word for bitter in Italian. Examples:

Amaro come il fiele
As bitter as bile

Rimanere con l’amaro in bocca
To be left with a sour taste in your mouth

Farsi il sangue amaro
To make yourself ill over

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