not equipped with a barb: barbless fishhooks.

Origin of barbless

First recorded in 1880–85; barb1 + -less Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barbless

Historical Examples of barbless

  • 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.

  • 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.