An example of backbite is for a political candidate to say harmful things about the character of his opponents.
intransitive verb-·bit· , -·bit·ten or -·bit·, -·bit·ing
Origin of backbiteMiddle English bakbiten: see back and bite
verbback·bit, back·bit·ten, back·bit·ing, back·bites
(third-person singular simple present backbites, present participle backbiting, simple past backbit, past participle backbitten)
- One who engages in backbiting; a backbiter.