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
Recent Examples of barbed from the Web
Conditions worsened, and the city erected barbed wire around the smallpox hospital to keep patients from leaving.
The company notes on its website that windmills were a high-tech invention — along with barbed wire — in the late 19th century and hastened western expansion.
Today, on the outskirts of town, peasants riding ox carts and dump trucks heading to Hpakant line up at candy-cane striped sawhorses wrapped in barbed wire.
And losing a ball ... over the barbed wire fence ... over the highway ... into the trees.
Over the past few weeks, our newsfeeds have been dominated by arch art, from barbed wire brows to dragon brows.
Most of them have two drive shafts, one for the rear tire and one engageable sidecar drive that gives these mini tanks two-wheel drive—enabling them to roll over any number of trenches or land mines, and even barbed wire.
Then there is the rendering Mr. Mallon created himself, a canvas depicting the outlines of Mr. Trump’s face, barbed wire, a border wall and a pile of ironic trophies.
As most athletes build barbed wire around their private lives (or try to orchestrate them on social media), Garcia has laid himself bare.
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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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