Defame, slander

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Dunno123

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Slovak
Hello. I'm looking for a word similar in meaning to defame/slander, but less serious and formal, one that I can use for example in the following context:

My colleagues at work are discussing something together, I come there a little bit late and they say "Oh, here he is!" and I say as a joke "I hope you didn't [???] me when I wasn't here/before I arrived/without me."... Please, if the sentence needs some changing, I'll be grateful for any suggestions.

Thank you a lot.
 
  • morior_invictus

    Senior Member
    Slovak
    Hello. I'm looking for a word similar in meaning to defame/slander, [...]
    As an addition to the above, I think it might be worth mentioning that there are sources that consider "slander" an aural/oral form of defamation and "libel" a visual (esp. written) form of defamation.
     
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    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    Dunno is looking for a term that would be "less serious and formal". Ain'tt and Parla's suggestions are very good, I think.
     
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