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  1. a point or pointed part projecting backward from a main point, as of a fishhook or arrowhead.

  2. an obviously or openly unpleasant or carping remark.

  3. a hooked or sharp bristle.

    Category: Botany, Zoology

  4. one of the series of paired parallel rods that attach to the central shaft of a feather and form its web.

    Category: Ornithology

    Ref: See illus. at feather . art

  5. one of a breed of domestic pigeons, similar to the carriers or homers, having a short, broad bill.

    Category: Ornithology

  6. any of numerous small, Old World cyprinid fishes of the genera Barbus and Puntius, often kept in aquariums.

    Category: Ichthyology

    Ref: barbel (def. 2). 2

  7. Category: Clothing

    Ref: Also, barbe. 2

  8. Obs. a beard.

  9. (v.t.)to furnish with a barb or barbs.

Origin of barb:

1300–50; ME barbe < MF 蠐 L barbabeard , beardlike projection


  1. one of a breed of horses related to the Arabian, raised orig. in Barbary.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of barb:

1630–40; < F barbe < It barbero, der. of Barberia Barbary

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe(noun)

    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"

  2. barb(noun)

    the pointed part of barbed wire

  3. barb(noun)

    a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

  4. barb(verb)

    one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

  5. barb(verb)

    provide with barbs

    "barbed wire"


  1. Barb(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the female given name Barbara.

  2. Origin: From barbe

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barb(noun)

    beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it

  2. Barb(noun)

    a muffler, worn by nuns and mourners

  3. Barb(noun)

    paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen

  4. Barb(noun)

    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

  5. Barb(noun)

    a bit for a horse

  6. Barb(noun)

    one of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane. See Feather

  7. Barb(noun)

    a southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting

  8. Barb(noun)

    a hair or bristle ending in a double hook

  9. Barb(verb)

    to shave or dress the beard of

  10. Barb(verb)

    to clip; to mow

  11. Barb(verb)

    to furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc

  12. Barb(noun)

    the Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors

  13. Barb(noun)

    a blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary

  14. Barb(noun)

    armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard, n., 1


  1. Barb horse

    Barb horse or Berber horse is a northern African breed with great hardiness and stamina. The Barb generally possesses a fiery temperament and an atypical sport-horse conformation, but nevertheless has influenced modern breeds.

Anagrams of BARB

  1. Rabb

  2. abbr , abbr.

Translations for BARB

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a backward-facing point on an arrowhead, fishing-hook etc.

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