from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. A person who slanders or speaks badly of a person without that person's knowledge.
  • v. Present participle of backbite.
  • n. The action of slandering a person without that person's knowledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Secret slander; detraction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of slandering the absent; secret calumny.


From Middle English bacbiting, bacbitung, equivalent to backbite +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)
From backbite. (Wiktionary)



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