verb (used with object), back·bit, back·bit·ten or (Informal) back·bit; back·bit·ing.
verb (used without object), back·bit, back·bit·ten or (Informal) back·bit; back·bit·ing.
Examples from the Web for backbiting
Trouble seemed to arise not from big issues like race but from petty gossip and backbiting.
Never mind recent reports of backbiting and fingerpointing within the Perry camp.Brownback: Rick Perry’s Just Like John McCain in 2008|Lloyd Grove|January 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Koran warns against “backbiting,” and so does the Torah, which calls it “evil tongue.”When Gossip Is Good, from Scandals to Relationships|Allison Yarrow|November 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Of course, now that the reorganization is official, the speculation stops and the backbiting from disenchanted executives begins.
A Republican member looks past the current backbiting to the supposed GOP Majority next year.
Delightful, hospitable Dublin is also a provincial town, given to gossip and backbiting.Unicorns|James Huneker
There is no parallel to the prying, tattling, backbiting littleness of the place elsewhere in the world.Venetian Life|William Dean Howells
May we always know how to drive away a backbiting tongue with an angry countenance, as the north wind driveth away rain.Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh
The north wind driveth away rain, as doth a sad countenance a backbiting tongue.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He fancied that maldicenza, gossip further spiced with backbiting, would form the chief baggage of his wit.Aurora the Magnificent|Gertrude Hall
British Dictionary definitions for backbiting
verb -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten or -bit
Word Origin and History for backbiting
c.1200, bacbitunge, from back (adj. or n.) + biting. Related: back-bite (v.), early 14c.; back-biter (c.1200).