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barb

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noun \ˈbärb\

Definition of barb

  1. 1 :  a medieval cloth headdress passing over or under the chin and covering the neck

  2. 2 a :  a sharp projection extending backward (as from the point of an arrow or fishhook) and preventing easy extraction; also :  a sharp projection with its point similarly oblique to something else b :  a biting or pointedly critical remark or comment

  3. 3 :  2barbel

  4. 4 :  any of the side branches of the shaft of a feather — see feather illustration

  5. 5 :  a plant hair or bristle ending in a hook

barbless play \-ləs\ adjective


Origin of barb

Middle English barbe barb, beard, from Anglo-French, from Latin barba — more at beard


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with barb


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barb

verb

Definition of barb

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish with a barb



1759

First Known Use of barb

1759


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barb

noun

Definition of barb

  1. :  any of a northern African breed of horses that are noted for speed and endurance



Origin of barb

French barbe, from Italian barbero, from barbero of Barbary, from Barberia Barbary, coastal region in Africa


First Known Use: 1636

Other Mammals Terms


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barb

noun

Definition of barb

slang

  1. :  barbiturate



1967

First Known Use of barb

1967


BARB Defined for Kids

barb

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noun \ˈbärb\

Definition of barb for Students

  1. :  a sharp point that sticks out and backward (as from the tip of an arrow or fishhook)

barbed \ˈbärbd\ adjective



Medical Dictionary

barb

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noun \ˈbärb\

Medical Definition of barb

  1. slang :  barbiturate





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