Definition of barbed in English:



  • 1Having a barb or barbs.

    ‘barbed arrows’
    • ‘He tapped the button on the arrow and the barbed head started spinning.’
    • ‘This is, stripped bare, a classic romantic comedy, given a barbed edge by the precociously talented Anderson, whose presence lends the film its refreshingly unique style.’
    • ‘Arrows and barbed harpoons were placed near the right leg; milling stones, awls, chisels, knives, and other offerings were set to the left of the body.’
    • ‘A convex polygon with a triangle attached to one of its edges in this way is called a barbed polygon.’
    • ‘Corrected to reflect that the correct sadistic flesh gouging implement of the period was not barbed wire, but barbed whips.’
    • ‘Tremolite's long fibers are barbed like fishhooks.’
    • ‘My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men.’
    • ‘Other types of arrow head found include barbed fishing arrows and crescent shaped small game arrows 5.’
    • ‘When she attempts to fly away, the barbed stinger is anchored so solidly to the stingee that it tears Betty Bee's belly, eviscerating and mortally wounding her.’
    • ‘They were not kept behind barbed or electric wire fences.’
    • ‘New pastures full of scarecrows and glistening barbed razor wire and crisscrossing pipelines pumping petrodollars into the pockets of imperium.’
    • ‘They vary up the torture tactics via new school hardcore, the furious primal bombast of thrash metal and every barbed edge in-between.’
    • ‘Talon's next words were similarly cut short when a wickedly barbed, green-feathered arrow hissed in through the doorway.’
    • ‘She hid her face for a second with the fan, licking the barbed edges of the pins that gave it its shape then bent down close to his face, giving him full leeway to her mouth.’
    • ‘Whether the stick was barbed I don't know, but you can't help but wonder if the beast is responding to the memory of a hooked pole.’
    • ‘Their half-hearted shower of arrows thickened and turned the air black with sharp, barbed, and vile arrows.’
    • ‘He and his friends are very aware of the barbed fenced border, the border security personnel and the consequences of crossing it.’
    jagged, hooked, spiky, spiked, spined, spiny, prickly, thorny, scratchy, bristly, bristled, briary, brambly, sharp, pointed
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    1. 1.1(of a remark or joke) deliberately hurtful.
      ‘a fair degree of barbed wit’
      • ‘Not only did Mann throw down the gauntlet to the fascists, with his sharp insight and his barbed pen, in some of his works he came very close to a socialist perspective.’
      • ‘He had never cared for his stepmother and now that her treachery was known to him, it was impossible not to send barbed comments in her direction.’
      • ‘Many Britons dismiss these reservations with a snooty disregard, and tend to make barbed remarks about pampered children and bad leisurewear.’
      • ‘With all the barbed words being launched between them, especially between a certain pair, maybe they need to see themselves as standing on one side or the other.’
      • ‘Every barbed remark directed at a non-conformist is also an affirmation of his/her existence.’
      • ‘They knew this as well, so they taunted me with their sharp swords and barbed words.’
      • ‘It isn't at all clear to whom these barbed comments were directed.’
      • ‘Nobody knows worst-dressed lists better than the famed Mr Blackwell, who since 1960 has issued barbed critiques of stars' outfits at the start of each new year.’
      • ‘In this instance, the next best thing to saying ‘Mind your own business’ would be to say something light - with just the tiniest barbed edge.’
      • ‘Harry could not resist making a barbed remark at that.’
      • ‘He dealt with some barbed questions from journalists with humour and wit.’
      • ‘Scooby's cell mate, Manny, who only reads the Bible but constantly hurls barbed words at inmates and guards alike, tried to sabotage the political discussion.’
      • ‘The dangers for Stephen, however, arc the barbed remarks of the scholars, presently engaged in a discussion of Goethe's novel, Wilhelm Meister.’
      • ‘The kind of barbed comment delivered with a smile to take the sting out of it.’
      • ‘It is tempting to think kindly of him and to believe that underneath the sarcasm, the dry wit, the barbed comment, there's a rather nice man struggling to get out.’
      • ‘Was he really so unobservant that he had not heard the barbed criticism behind that woman's comment?’
      • ‘One time my son came back from a playdate at a fancy lady's house, a woman who is really unpleasant to me and takes every opportunity to say slightly barbed things to me.’
      • ‘And, given the club's pressing financial problems, barbed comments continue to be fired in the Trust's direction from some fans who believe the money could have been better spent.’
      • ‘Mr Davis fired a series of barbed missives at what he described as ‘the only real growth sector in the British economy - bureaucracy’, throughout the public sector.’
      • ‘You should see me fly) I only have time for one or two words of sarcasm, so they have to be pointed and barbed and well conceived.’
      hurtful, wounding, cutting, biting, stinging, mean, spiteful, nasty, rude, cruel, vicious, unkind, unfriendly, snide, pointed, hateful, ill-natured, bitter, venomous, poisonous, mordant, acid, acerbic, acrimonious, astringent, caustic, sharp, scathing, hostile, rancorous, malicious, malevolent, evil-intentioned, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, splenetic, malign, malignant, pernicious, bilious
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