[bad-mouth or, sometimes, -mouth]
verb (used with object), bad-mouthed, bad-mouthing.
Slang. to speak critically and often disloyally of; disparage: Why do you bad-mouth your family so much?
Also, badmouth.

1935–40; originally a curse, spell (the sense recorded in Gullah); compare Vai (Mande language of Liberia and Sierra Leone) dà nyà mà curse, literally, bad mouth

bad-mouther, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
slang (tr) to speak unfavourably about

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Word Origin & History

"abuse someone verbally," 1941, probably ultimately from noun phrase bad mouth (1835), in black Eng., "a curse, spell," translating an idiom found in African and West Indian languages.
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Slang Dictionary

bad-mouth definition

  1. tv.
    to speak ill of someone or something. (See also dirty mouth; poor-mouth.) : I wish you would stop bad-mouthing my car.
  2. n.
    someone who speaks ill of someone or something. : Harry is such a bad-mouth!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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