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barbed

adjective \ˈbärbd\

: 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

  1. The candidates exchanged barbed comments during the debate.
  2. <barbed satire on American academia>

First Known Use of BARBED

1611

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