- to make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements (about someone)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BACKBITE, v.t. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Back"bite`, v. t. [2d back, n. +
bite.] To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or
spitefully (an absent person); to slander or speak evil of (one
Back"bite`, v. i. To censure or revile
They are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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