backbite

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verb, transitive + intransitive back·bite \-ˌbīt\

Definition of backbite

backbit

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backbitten

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backbiting

  1. :  to say mean or spiteful things about a person (such as someone who is not present) They beguiled the time by backbiting and intriguing against each other in a foolish kind of way. — Jack London

backbiter

noun

12th Century

First Known Use of backbite

12th century



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