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barb

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[ bahrb ]
/ bɑrb /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a barb or barbs.

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RELATED WORDS

arrow, dart, criticism, sarcasm, gibe, insult, shaft, thorn, prickle, bristle, spike, spur, prong, thistle, quill, cut, affront, dig, scoff, sneer

Nearby words

baranov, aleksandr andreyevich, baranovichi, barany, robert, barathea, baraza, barb, barb bolt, barba, barba amarilla, barbacan, barbadian

Origin of barb

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1300–50; Middle English barbe < Middle FrenchLatin barba beard or beardlike projection
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Definition for barb (2 of 3)

barb

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[ bahrb ]
/ bɑrb /

noun

one of a breed of horses raised originally in Barbary.

Origin of barb

2
1630–40; < French barbe, shortened form of Italian barbero Barbary steed, equivalent to Barber(ia) Barbary + -o masculine noun suffix

Definition for barb (3 of 3)

barb

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[ bahrb ]
/ bɑrb /

noun Slang.

Origin of barb

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by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for barb (1 of 4)

barb

1
/ (bɑːb) /

noun

verb

(tr) to provide with a barb or barbs
Derived Formsbarbed, adjective

Word Origin for barb

C14: from Old French barbe beard, point, from Latin barba beard

British Dictionary definitions for barb (2 of 4)

barb

2
/ (bɑːb) /

noun

a breed of horse of North African origin, similar to the Arab but less spirited

Word Origin for barb

C17: from French barbe, from Italian barbero a Barbary (horse)

British Dictionary definitions for barb (3 of 4)

barb

3
/ (bɑːb) /

noun

Australian a black kelpieSee kelpie 1

Word Origin for barb

C19: named after one that was named Barb after a winning racehorse

British Dictionary definitions for barb (4 of 4)

BARB

/ (bɑːb) /

n acronym for (in Britain)

Broadcasters' Audience Research Board
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Science definitions for barb

barb

[ bärb ]

A sharp point projecting backward, as on the stinger of a bee.
One of the hairlike branches on the shaft of a feather.
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