Definition of barbed in English:

barbed

adjective

  • 1Having a barb or barbs.

    ‘barbed arrows’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men.’
    • ‘They were not kept behind barbed or electric wire fences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New pastures full of scarecrows and glistening barbed razor wire and crisscrossing pipelines pumping petrodollars into the pockets of imperium.’
    • ‘He tapped the button on the arrow and the barbed head started spinning.’
    • ‘Tremolite's long fibers are barbed like fishhooks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Corrected to reflect that the correct sadistic flesh gouging implement of the period was not barbed wire, but barbed whips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their half-hearted shower of arrows thickened and turned the air black with sharp, barbed, and vile arrows.’
    • ‘A convex polygon with a triangle attached to one of its edges in this way is called a barbed polygon.’
    • ‘They vary up the torture tactics via new school hardcore, the furious primal bombast of thrash metal and every barbed edge in-between.’
    • ‘He and his friends are very aware of the barbed fenced border, the border security personnel and the consequences of crossing it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other types of arrow head found include barbed fishing arrows and crescent shaped small game arrows 5.’
    • ‘Talon's next words were similarly cut short when a wickedly barbed, green-feathered arrow hissed in through the doorway.’
    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’
      • ‘It isn't at all clear to whom these barbed comments were directed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every barbed remark directed at a non-conformist is also an affirmation of his/her existence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many Britons dismiss these reservations with a snooty disregard, and tend to make barbed remarks about pampered children and bad leisurewear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They knew this as well, so they taunted me with their sharp swords and barbed words.’
      • ‘He dealt with some barbed questions from journalists with humour and wit.’
      • ‘Was he really so unobservant that he had not heard the barbed criticism behind that woman's comment?’
      • ‘The dangers for Stephen, however, arc the barbed remarks of the scholars, presently engaged in a discussion of Goethe's novel, Wilhelm Meister.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The kind of barbed comment delivered with a smile to take the sting out of it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Harry could not resist making a barbed remark at that.’
      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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Pronunciation:

barbed

/bärbd/