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barb

noun \ ˈbärb \

Definition of barb

1 :a medieval cloth headdress passing over or under the chin and covering the neck
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 :2barbel
4 :any of the side branches of the shaft of a feather — see feather illustration
5 :a plant hair or bristle ending in a hook

barbless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of barb

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


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barb

verb

Definition of barb

transitive verb
:to furnish with a barb

First Known Use of barb

1759


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barb

noun

Definition of barb

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

Origin and Etymology of barb

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

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barb

noun

Definition of barb

slang

First Known Use of barb

1967


BARB Defined for Kids

barb

noun \ ˈbärb \

Definition of barb for Students

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

barbed

\ˈbärbd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

barb

noun \ ˈbärb \

medical Definition of barb

slang


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