Definition of barbed
1 : having barbs
2 : characterized by pointed and biting criticism or sarcasm <barbed witticisms>
Examples of barbed in a sentence
The candidates exchanged barbed comments during the debate.
<barbed satire on American academia>
First Known Use of barbed
BARBED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of barbed for English Language Learners
: 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
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