badmouth

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Etymology[edit]

From a Mande term, perhaps Vai [Term?][1] or Mandinka [Term?],[2] which entered English via Gullah [Term?].[3]

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badmouth (third-person singular simple present badmouths, present participle badmouthing, simple past and past participle badmouthed)

  1. (informal) To criticize or malign, especially unfairly or spitefully.

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  1. ^ badmouth” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  2. ^ Smitherman, Geneva (1977), Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America (Boston: Houghton Mifflin)
  3. ^ The Atlantic World, 1450-2000 (2008, ISBN 0253219434, page 58