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backbite

[ bak-bahyt ]
/ 藞b忙k藢ba瑟t /
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verb (used with object), back路bit, back路bit路ten or (Informal) back路bit; back路bit路ing.
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).
verb (used without object), back路bit, back路bit路ten or (Informal) back路bit; back路bit路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鈥75; see origin at back1, bite

OTHER WORDS FROM backbite

backbiter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for backbite

backbite
/ (藞b忙k藢ba瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of backbite

backbiter, noun
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