What does BARB mean?

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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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barb

    bärb, n. the beard-like jag near the point of an arrow, fish-hook, &c.—v.t. to arm with barbs, as an arrow, &c.: to shave, trim, mow, to pierce, as with a barb.—adjs. Barb′ate (bot.), bearing a hairy tuft; Barb′ated, barbed, bearded.—n. Barbe, a term applied by the Waldenses to their teachers.—adjs. Barbed, furnished with a barb: of a horse, armed or caparisoned with a barb or bard; Barb′ellate (bot.), having barbed or bearded bristles. [Fr.—L. barba, a beard.]

  2. Barb

    bärb, n. a swift kind of horse, the breed of which came from Barbary in North Africa.

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Anagrams for BARB »

  1. Rabb

  2. abbr , abbr.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BARB in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BARB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Akhenaton:

    The barb in the arrow of childhood suffering is this its intense loneliness, its intense ignorance.

  2. Richard Brinsley Sheridan:

    There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.

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