Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Secret slander; detraction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The action of slandering a person without that person's knowledge.
  • adjective A person who slanders or speaks badly of a person without that person's knowledge.
  • verb Present participle of backbite.

Etymologies

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

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From backbite.

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