barbed

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adjective \ˈbärbd\

Definition of barbed

  1. 1 :  having barbs

  2. 2 :  characterized by pointed and biting criticism or sarcasm barbed witticisms

Examples of barbed in a sentence

  1. The candidates exchanged barbed comments during the debate.

  2. barbed satire on American academia

1611

First Known Use of barbed

1611


BARBED Defined for English Language Learners

barbed

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adjective \ˈbärbd\

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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