Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[bahrb-lis] /ˈbɑrb lɪs/
not equipped with a barb:
barbless fishhooks.
Origin of barbless
First recorded in 1880-85; barb1 + -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for barbless
Historical Examples
  • With these barbless hooks the bait was not impaled, but strapped on with shreds of bark.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • The other two Japs have short, stiff poles with a wire attached and the barbless hook at the end.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • And at the time when the Bard stood up to claim the wife, a strange warrior came into the encampment, holding a barbless spear.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • The fang′-kao, or barbless lance blade, is next common in use.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • It is barbless, and in place of the barb, the hook is filed long and tapering to a point as sharp as that of a needle.

Word of the Day

Nearby words for barbless

Word Value for barbless

Scrabble Words With Friends