Barb Definition

bärb
barbs
noun
barbs
A thin, somewhat beardlike growth near the mouth of certain animals, as the barbel of a fish.
Webster's New World
A sharp point curving or projecting in an opposite direction from the main point of a fishhook, arrow, etc.
Webster's New World
A cutting remark.
Webster's New World
A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
American Heritage Medicine
A piece of white linen for covering the throat and sometimes the chin, worn by certain nuns.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
To provide or furnish with a barb.
American Heritage
To provide or furnish with a barb.
American Heritage

To cover a horse in armor, corrupted from bard.

Wiktionary
pronoun

A diminutive of the female given name Barbara.

Wiktionary

(law) Abbreviation of Barbados.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Barb

Noun

Singular:
barb
Plural:
barbs

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

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