- The definition of a barb is a very strong insult or criticism.
Telling someone to drop dead is an example of a barb.
barb definition by Webster's New World
- a thin, somewhat beardlike growth near the mouth of certain animals, as the barbel of a fish
- a piece of white linen for covering the throat and sometimes the chin, worn by certain nuns
- a sharp point curving or projecting in an opposite direction from the main point of a fishhook, arrow, etc.
- a cutting remark
- one of the hairlike branches on the shaft of a feather
- Bot. a hooked hair or bristle
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French barbe ; from Classical Latin barba, beard
- a horse of a breed native to N Africa, noted for speed and strength
- a breed of pigeon similar to the carrier pigeon
Origin: French barbe, Barbary horse ; from Italian barbero ; from Arabic Barbar, Berber
barb definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
- A cutting remark.
- Zoology One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
- Botany A short, sharply hooked bristle or hairlike projection.
- See barbel1.
- Any of various Old World freshwater fishes of the genus Barbus or Puntius and related genera.
- A linen covering for a woman's head, throat, and chin worn in medieval times.
Origin: Middle English barbe, from Old French, beard, from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.
- A horse of a breed introduced by the Moors into Spain from northern Africa that resembles the Arabians and is known for its speed and endurance.
- One of a breed of domestic pigeons that is similar to the carrier and has dark plumage.
Origin: French barbe, from Italian barbero, Berber, from Vulgar Latin Barbaria, Barbary States, from Latin barbarus, barbarous; see barbarous.
barb - Science Definition
- A sharp point projecting backward, as on the stinger of a bee.
- One of the hairlike branches on the shaft of a feather.