\ ˈbärbd How to pronounce barbed (audio) \

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 on the Web The former journalist’s barbed critiques and large euroskeptic following have already helped fell two former Conservative leaders, David Cameron and Theresa May. Max Colchester, WSJ, 27 July 2022 That’s because one of the major differences between bees and other stinging insects is that bees have a barbed stinger that remains in the skin long after the bee has left. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 24 June 2022 Over brunch, a discussion about Miranda’s decision to go gray devolves into a barbed exchange about the ethics of hair color. Rhonda Garelick, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Toward the end of the presentation, the chair of global advertising and partnerships delivered a barbed soliloquy that called out unnamed competitors by emphasizing that their streaming platform is, was and is likely to remain ad-supported. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 The site remains surrounded by barbed wires and fences, which were electrified during the Holocaust. Nathan Luna, ABC News, 28 Apr. 2022 In El Sereno, where crime has been increasing, barbed-wire fences line the street-level train tracks. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Homesteaders built towns and barbed-wire fences in the middle of these migration routes, and in Jackson Hole opportunistic elk found sustenance in the form of ranchers’ hay. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 In El Sereno, where crime has been increasing, barbed-wire fences line the street-level train tracks. Rachel Uranga, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of barbed

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“Barbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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