barbed

adjective \ ˈbärbd \

Definition of barbed

1 : having barbs
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

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First Known Use of barbed

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BARBED Defined for English Language Learners

barbed

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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