backbite

verb
back·​bite | \ ˈbak-ˌbīt How to pronounce backbite (audio) \
backbit; backbitten; backbiting

Definition of backbite

transitive + intransitive

: 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

Other Words from backbite

backbiter noun

First Known Use of backbite

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Backbite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backbite. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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