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Alternative clues for the word barb
End of a fishhook
Part of a fishhook
"Yo mama" joke, e.g.
*Part of a fishhook
An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
A subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
Projection on a harpoon
Item on a banderilla
Mandrell, to her friends
Breed of horse
Word definitions for barb in dictionaries
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS ▪ Abel, for example, is obviously a Democrat, as he slipped more than a few anti-Reagan barbs into his presentation. ▪ Everybody liked grandmotherly Barbara Bush, who kept her wicked barbs private and mostly stayed out of public...
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Kingfish \King"fish`\ (k[i^]ng"f[i^]sh`), n. (Zo["o]l.) An American marine food fish of the genus Menticirrus , especially Menticirrus saxatilis , or Menticirrus nebulosos , of the Atlantic coast; -- called also whiting , surf whiting , and barb . The opah....
Word definitions in Wiktionary
Etymology 1 n. 1 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. 2 (context figuratively English) A hurtful...
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "barb of an arrow," from Old French barbe (11c.) "beard, beardlike appendage," from Latin barba "beard," perhaps cognate with Old English beard (see beard (n.)).
Word definitions in WordNet
n. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets" [syn: shot , shaft , slam , dig , jibe ,...
Word definitions in Wikipedia
A barb is one of various ray-finned fish species in a non- phylogenetic group, with members in the family Cyprinidae , and especially the genera Barbus and Puntius , but many others also. They were formerly united with the barbels in the subfamily Barbinae...
Usage examples of barb.
Grand Dame Alpha, Michael highly doubted the accuracy of that last barb.
She caught a glimpse of the Roman aqueduct and the massive ramparts of the Crusader City, and then she was following the old coastal road past the Dan Caesarea Hotel with its 18-hole golf course secured behind a perimeter of high fence and concertina barbed wire.
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Do you not have some enemy to go bedevil, lop off a head or two, or something equally unfeminine, and leave innocents like me free of your word barbs?
He came upon rattan or bejuco thickets, where thorns, pointing down the stems like barbs on a fish-hook, snatched at his clothes and clung to them too.
A handful of bigger shapes moved on the ground, grinding through American barbed wire and into the U.
The first night was a great success, there was not a whisper of protest from the Boche, and we had cut through an almost continuous line, adequately protected by concertina barbed wire, and particularly strengthened at various points where posts had to be held during the next day.
I cruised the bad boogaloo streets until I spotted the car that tried to ram meparked behind a cinderblock dump circled by barbed wire.
I cruised the bad boogaloo streets until I spotted the car that tried to ram me-parked behind a cinderblock dump circled by barbed wire.
Kicking, the darsteed bugled its frustration and lashed its barbed tail from side to side.
They are fleshy shrubs, with rounded, woody stems, and numerous succulent branches, composed in most of the species of separate joints or parts, which are much compressed, often elliptic or suborbicular, dotted over in spiral lines with small, fleshy, caducous leaves, in the axils of which are placed the areoles or tufts of barbed or hooked spines of two forms.
Chance wrenched open the front door and made one stride before he managed to bring himself to a halt, his face scratched, his clothes caught in the barbs of coiled dannert wire piled high in the porch and across the narrow strip between the railings and the front window.
It is a thing well known to both American and English whale-ships, and as well a thing placed upon authoritative record years ago by Scoresby, that some whales have been captured far north in the Pacific, in whose bodies have been found the barbs of harpoons darted in the Greenland seas.
Celsus instructs that in extracting arrow-heads the entrance-wound should be dilated, the barb of the arrow-head crushed by strong pliers, or protected between the edges of a split reed, and thus withdrawn without laceration of the soft parts.
The Dobe hesitated at the fence for an instant, but when Train had the top strand of barbed wire held down, he snapped his fingers and Gutter cleared the fence in a single smooth bound.