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backbite

[ bak-bahyt ]
/ ˈbækˌbaɪt /
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verb (used with object), back·bit, back·bit·ten or (Informal) back·bit; back·bit·ing.
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).
verb (used without object), back·bit, back·bit·ten or (Informal) back·bit; back·bit·ing.
to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present.
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Origin of backbite

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at back1, bite

OTHER WORDS FROM backbite

backbiter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for backbite

backbite
/ (ˈbækˌbaɪt) /

verb -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten or -bit
to talk spitefully about (an absent person)

Derived forms of backbite

backbiter, noun
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