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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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