brickbat

play
noun brick·bat \ˈbrik-ˌbat\

Definition of brickbat

  1. 1 :  a fragment of a hard material (such as a brick); especially :  one used as a missile

  2. 2 :  an uncomplimentary remark

Examples of brickbat in a Sentence

  1. The candidates resorted to hurling brickbats at one another.

  2. For all the brickbats it has received, it's a good plan.

Recent Examples of brickbat from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brickbat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of brickbat

brick + 1bat (lump, fragment)


BRICKBAT Defined for English Language Learners

brickbat

play
noun

Definition of brickbat for English Language Learners

  • : a criticism or rude comment



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up brickbat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

conspicuously offensive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!