backbiting

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

backbiting (plural backbitings)

  1. The action of slandering a person without that person's knowledge.
    • 1303, Robert Manning of Brune, Handlyng synne
      No custummable bakbytyng God....
    • 1862, Anthony Trollope, Orley Farm
      Not given to backbiting.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From backbite.

Adjective[edit]

backbiting (comparative more backbiting, superlative most backbiting)

  1. A person who slanders or speaks badly of a person without that person's knowledge.
    • 1580, Thomas Tusser, A hundreth good pointes of husbandrie
      Backbiting talk that flattering blabs know wily how to blenge.
    • 1873, Rhoda Broughton, Nancy
      Am I to have a backbiting wife?

Verb[edit]

backbiting

  1. Present participle of backbite.