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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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Origin of barb

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English barbe “beard, pleated cloth, barb (of an arrow),” from Middle French, Old French barbe, from Latin barba beard

Other definitions for barb (2 of 3)

barb2
[ bahrb ]
/ bɑrb /

noun
one of a breed of horses raised originally in Barbary.

Origin of barb

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First recorded in 1600–10; from French barbe, shortened form of Italian barbero “Barbary steed,” equivalent to Barber(ia) “Barbary” + -o masculine noun suffix

Other definitions for barb (3 of 3)

barb3
[ bahrb ]
/ bɑrb /

noun Slang.

Origin of barb

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First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for barb (1 of 4)

barb1
/ (bɑːb) /

noun
verb
(tr) to provide with a barb or barbs

Derived forms of barb

barbed, adjective

Word Origin for barb

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

British Dictionary definitions for barb (2 of 4)

barb2
/ (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)

barb3
/ (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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Scientific 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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