badmouth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Mande term, perhaps Vai[1] or Mandinka,[2] which entered English via Gullah.[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, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  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