1
: having barbs
2
: characterized by pointed and biting criticism or sarcasm
barbed witticisms

Example Sentences

The candidates exchanged barbed comments during the debate. barbed satire on American academia
Recent Examples on the Web The barbed relationship between former friends Rhaenyra and Alicent becomes particularly riveting, the stakes of their simmering but potentially mortal competition compounded by motherhood. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 Badyaev was delighted to discover an elevated wood-rat nest in Pima County, Arizona, saving him from crawling through thickets of barbed cacti to find one on the ground. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2022 The barbed voice of Ani FaNelli came to me in 2013. Jessica Knoll, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2022 Here, Knoll and director Mike Barker (The Handmaids Tale, Fargo) have adapted it into a barbed melodrama starring Mila Kunis as Ani FaNelli, a woman defiantly living her best Manhattan life. Leah Greenblatt And Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 7 Oct. 2022 As the probe into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago continues, barbed comments in recent court filings have laid bare deep disagreements related to the special master's work -- not just among lawyers but judges, too. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2022 As the probe into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago continues, barbed comments in recent court filings have laid bare deep disagreements related to the special master's work — not just among lawyers but judges, too. Eric Tucker, ajc, 29 Sep. 2022 As the probe into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago continues, barbed comments in recent court filings have laid bare deep disagreements related to the special master’s work — not just among lawyers but judges, too. Eric Tucker, Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 Because Overtown’s crime rate was one of the highest in Miami, all entrances and parking lots, some with high, barbed-wire fences, were patrolled by legions of Miami police officers and hired security. John Dolen, Sun Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of barbed was in 1611

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“Barbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbed. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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