Back"bite`, v. i. [2nd back, n., + bite]

To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or spitefully (as absent person); to slander or speak evil of (one absent).

Spenser.

 

© Webster 1913.


Back"bite`, v. i.

To censure or revile the absent.

They are arrant knaves, and will backbite. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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