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English noun: barb

1. barb (communication) an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

SamplesHis parting shot was `drop dead'.
She threw shafts of sarcasm.
She takes a dig at me every chance she gets.

Synonymsdig, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam

Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark

Narrower (hyponym)cheap shot

2. barb (artifact) the pointed part of barbed wire

Broader (hypernym)point

Part meronymbarbed wire, barbwire

3. barb (artifact) a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)fluke

Part meronymarrowhead, hook, lance, shaft, spear

4. barb (animal) one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

Broader (hypernym)fibril, filament, strand

Part meronymvane, web

English verb: barb

1. barb (contact) provide with barbs

SamplesBarbed wire.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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