Definition of backbiting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbækbaɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbækbaɪtɪŋ//
[uncountable] Describing unpleasant traits
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unpleasant and unkind talk about somebody who is not present He was tired of all the backbiting and gossip in the office. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word OriginMiddle English: from back + bite.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: backbiting