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noun (1)



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noun (2)

variants or carbo
: carbohydrate
also : a high-carbohydrate food
usually used in plural


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combining form

variants or carbo-
: carbon : carbonic : carbonyl : carboxyl

Examples of carb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Using a whey product also boosts your protein without a lot of calories in the form of carbs and fats, Smith-Ryan says. Donavyn Coffey, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 Do not be afraid to indulge in a sweet treat or extra carbs during this time of the month. News & Views, Health, 23 Mar. 2024 There are three types of carbs: complex carbs, simple carbs, and fiber. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2024 Compared with compound proteins, isolates contain more protein and less fat, carbs, and lactose, the latter of which can cause GI distress and digestion issues for some, Dr. Titchenal explains. Jenny McCoy, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 Complex carbs are found naturally in whole grains, vegetables, and legumes. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2024 Swap in Stevia for the sugar to lighten the carb load even more. Magdalena O'Neal, Sunset Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Think options rich in simple carbs, like toast or crackers, which can soothe your bubbly bowels. Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 4 Mar. 2024 Chuckles and carbs, no more For 38 years, Frogy’s Donuts doled out sweet treats, sweeter smiles and a sense of community to new and loyal customers. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Combining form

French, from carbone

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carb was circa 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Carb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or carbo
: carbohydrate
also : a high-carbohydrate food
usually used in plural
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