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v. back·bit (-bĭt′), back·bit·ten (-bĭt′n), back·bit·ing, back·bites
To speak spitefully or slanderously about (another).
To speak spitefully or slanderously about a person.

back′bit′er n.
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vb, -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten or -bit
to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
ˈbackˌbiter n
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v. -bit, -bit•ten (Informal) -bit; -bit•ing. v.t.
1. to attack the character or reputation of (a person not present).
2. to slander an absent person.
back′bit`er, n.
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Past participle: backbitten
Gerund: backbiting

I backbite
you backbite
he/she/it backbites
we backbite
you backbite
they backbite
I backbit
you backbit
he/she/it backbit
we backbit
you backbit
they backbit
Present Continuous
I am backbiting
you are backbiting
he/she/it is backbiting
we are backbiting
you are backbiting
they are backbiting
Present Perfect
I have backbitten
you have backbitten
he/she/it has backbitten
we have backbitten
you have backbitten
they have backbitten
Past Continuous
I was backbiting
you were backbiting
he/she/it was backbiting
we were backbiting
you were backbiting
they were backbiting
Past Perfect
I had backbitten
you had backbitten
he/she/it had backbitten
we had backbitten
you had backbitten
they had backbitten
I will backbite
you will backbite
he/she/it will backbite
we will backbite
you will backbite
they will backbite
Future Perfect
I will have backbitten
you will have backbitten
he/she/it will have backbitten
we will have backbitten
you will have backbitten
they will have backbitten
Future Continuous
I will be backbiting
you will be backbiting
he/she/it will be backbiting
we will be backbiting
you will be backbiting
they will be backbiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been backbiting
you have been backbiting
he/she/it has been backbiting
we have been backbiting
you have been backbiting
they have been backbiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been backbiting
you will have been backbiting
he/she/it will have been backbiting
we will have been backbiting
you will have been backbiting
they will have been backbiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been backbiting
you had been backbiting
he/she/it had been backbiting
we had been backbiting
you had been backbiting
they had been backbiting
I would backbite
you would backbite
he/she/it would backbite
we would backbite
you would backbite
they would backbite
Past Conditional
I would have backbitten
you would have backbitten
he/she/it would have backbitten
we would have backbitten
you would have backbitten
they would have backbitten
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.backbite - say mean things
kvetch, plain, quetch, complain, sound off, kick - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
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يَنْتَقِد، يَغْتاب
baknaga, rægja
birinin arkasından çekiştirmek


A. VImurmurar
B. VT [+ absent person] → hablar mal de
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(bӕk) noun
1. in man, the part of the body from the neck to the bottom of the spine. She lay on her back.
2. in animals, the upper part of the body. She put the saddle on the horse's back.
3. that part of anything opposite to or furthest from the front. the back of the house; She sat at the back of the hall.
4. in football, hockey etc a player who plays behind the forwards.
of or at the back. the back door.
1. to, or at, the place or person from which a person or thing came. I went back to the shop; He gave the car back to its owner.
2. away (from something); not near (something). Move back! Let the ambulance get to the injured man; Keep back from me or I'll hit you!
3. towards the back (of something). Sit back in your chair.
4. in return; in response to. When the teacher is scolding you, don't answer back.
5. to, or in, the past. Think back to your childhood.
1. to (cause to) move backwards. He backed (his car) out of the garage.
2. to help or support. Will you back me against the others?
3. to bet or gamble on. I backed your horse to win.
ˈbacker noun
a person who supports someone or something, especially with money. the backer of the new theatre.
ˈbackbite verb
to criticize a person when he is not present.
ˈbackbiting noun
Constant backbiting by her colleagues led to her resignation.
ˈbackbone noun
1. the spine. the backbone of a fish.
2. the chief support. The older employees are the backbone of the industry.
ˈbackbreaking adjective
(of a task etc) very difficult or requiring very hard work. Digging the garden is a backbreaking job.
ˌbackˈdate verb
1. to put an earlier date on (a cheque etc). He should have paid his bill last month and so he has backdated the cheque.
2. to make payable from a date in the past. Our rise in pay was backdated to April.
ˌbackˈfire verb
1. (of a motor-car etc) to make a loud bang because of unburnt gases in the exhaust system. The car backfired.
2. (of a plan etc) to have unexpected results, often opposite to the intended results. His scheme backfired (on him), and he lost money.
ˈbackground noun
1. the space behind the principal or most important figures or objects of a picture etc. He always paints ships against a background of stormy skies; trees in the background of the picture.
2. happenings that go before, and help to explain, an event etc. the background to a situation.
3. a person's origins, education etc. She was ashamed of her humble background.
ˈbackhand noun
1. in tennis etc, a stroke or shot with the back of one's hand turned towards the ball. a clever backhand; His backhand is very strong.
2. writing with the letters sloping backwards. I can always recognize her backhand.
using backhand. She played the stroke backhand; She writes backhand.
ˈbacklog noun
a pile of uncompleted work etc which has collected. a backlog of orders because of the strike.
ˌback-ˈnumber noun
an out-of-date copy or issue of a magazine etc. He collects back-numbers of comic magazines.
ˈbackpack noun
(especially American) a bag that walkers, people who go on trips, or students carry on their backs.
ˈbackpacking: go backpacking
to go on trips or go camping carrying a backpack.
ˈbackpacker noun
ˈbackside noun
the bottom or buttocks. He sits on his backside all day long and does no work.
ˈbackslash noun
the sign (\).
ˈbackstroke noun
in swimming, a stroke made when lying on one's back in the water. The child is good at backstroke.
ˈbackup noun
1. additional people who provide help when it is needed. The police officer requested some backup when the shooting began.
2. a copy of a computer file that can be used in case the original is destroyed.
3. (also adjective) a piece of equipment, a system etc that can be used when there is a problem with the original one. a backup plan; We have a backup generator in case the power fails.
ˈbackwash noun
1. a backward current eg that following a ship's passage through the water. the backwash of the steamer.
2. the unintentional results of an action, situation etc. The backwash of that firm's financial troubles affected several other firms.
ˈbackwater noun
1. a stretch of river not in the main stream.
2. a place not affected by what is happening in the world outside. That village is rather a backwater.
ˌbackˈyard noun
(especially American) a garden at the back of a house etc. He grows vegetables in his backyard.
back down
to give up one's opinion, claim etc. She backed down in the face of strong opposition.
back of
(American) behind. He parked back of the store.
back on to
(of a building etc) to have its back next to (something). My house backs on to the racecourse.
back out
1. to move out backwards. He opened the garage door and backed (his car) out.
2. to withdraw from a promise etc. You promised to help – you mustn't back out now!
back up
1. to support or encourage. The new evidence backed up my arguments.
2. to make a copy of the information stored on the computer or disk.
have one's back to the wall
to be in a very difficult or desperate situation. He certainly has his back to the wall as he has lost his job and cannot find another one.
put someone's back up
to anger someone. He put my back up with his boasting.
take a back seat
to take an unimportant position. At these discussions he always takes a back seat and listens to others talking.
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References in classic literature ?
my brother, hast thou never seen a virtue backbite and stab itself?
He could not backbite, nor envy, nor prevaricate, nor jump at mean motives for generous acts.
Therefore, tongue is revealing man's identity; example, someone who is backbite, or slander or lies, and a kind of is revealing his inner truth.