Simple Definition of barbed
: having a sharp point that sticks out and backward from a larger point : having a barb
: expressing criticism in an unkind and often clever way
Full Definition of barbed
1 : having barbs
2 : characterized by pointed and biting criticism or sarcasm <barbed witticisms>
Examples of barbed
The candidates exchanged barbed comments during the debate.
<barbed satire on American academia>
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