Barb meaning

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The definition of a barb is a very strong insult or criticism.

Telling someone to drop dead is an example of a barb.

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A cutting remark.
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(figuratively) A hurtful or disparaging remark.
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A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
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Any of various Old World freshwater fishes of the genera Barbus, Puntius, and related genera of the family Cyprinidae.
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A linen covering for a woman's head, throat, and chin worn in medieval times.
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A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
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A cutting remark.
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One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
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A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
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Any of various Old World freshwater fishes of the genera Barbus, Puntius, and related genera of the family Cyprinidae.
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A linen covering for a woman's head, throat, and chin worn in medieval times.
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To provide or furnish with a barb.
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A horse of a breed introduced by the Moors into Spain from northern Africa that has high withers and an arched neck and is known for its speed and endurance.
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Any of a breed of domestic pigeon that has prominent wattles around the eyes.
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A thin, somewhat beardlike growth near the mouth of certain animals, as the barbel of a fish.
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A piece of white linen for covering the throat and sometimes the chin, worn by certain nuns.
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A sharp point curving or projecting in an opposite direction from the main point of a fishhook, arrow, etc.
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A cutting remark.
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One of the hairlike branches on the shaft of a feather.
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A hooked hair or bristle.
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To provide with a barb.
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A horse of a breed native to N Africa, noted for speed and strength.
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A breed of pigeon similar to the carrier pigeon.
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A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
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A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
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One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
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A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
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A sharp point projecting backward, as on the stinger of a bee.
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One of the hairlike branches on the shaft of a feather.
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The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.
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A beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.
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Armor for a horse, corrupted from bard.
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(ornithology) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane.
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(zoology) Several species of freshwater fish of the cyprinid family.
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(zoology) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; also improperly called whiting.
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(botany) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
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(zoology) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
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Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. [Written also barbel and barble.]
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A plastic fastener, shaped roughly like a capital I (with serifs), used to attach socks etc. to their packaging.
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To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
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To cover a horse in armor, corrupted from bard.
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The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
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A blackish or dun variety of pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
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A diminutive of the female given name Barbara.
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(law) Abbreviation of Barbados.
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A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
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A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
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One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
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A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
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To provide or furnish with a barb.
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Origin of barb

  • French barbe from Italian barbero Berber from Vulgar Latin Barbaria , Barbary States from Latin barbarus barbarous barbarous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English barbe from Old French beard from Latin barba bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English barbe from Old French beard from Latin barba bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French barbe (“beard, beard-like element”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Barbary, by shortening

    From Wiktionary