Definitions for backbiteˈbækˌbaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•biteˈbækˌbaɪt(v.)-bit, -bit•ten; -bit; -bit•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to attack the character or reputation of (a person not present).

  2. (v.i.)to slander an absent person.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backbite, bitch(verb)

    say mean things


  1. backbite(Noun)

    One who engages in backbiting; a backbiter.

  2. backbite(Verb)

    To make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone.

  3. backbite(Verb)

    To attack from behind or when out of earshot.

  4. backbite(Verb)

    To speak badly of an absent individual.

  5. Origin: From bakbiten, bacbiten, equivalent to . Cognate with bakbíta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backbite(verb)

    to wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or spitefully (an absent person); to slander or speak evil of (one absent)

  2. Backbite(verb)

    to censure or revile the absent

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to criticize a person when he is not present.

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