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Barbed definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

B'ARBED, pp. [See Barb.]
1. Furnished with armor; as barbed steeds.
2. Bearded; jagged with hooks or points; as barbed arrows.
3. Shaved or trimmed; having the beard dressed.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious]
2: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers" [syn: barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny, thorny]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1611 1. having barbs 2. characterized by pointed and biting criticism or sarcasm <barbed witticisms>

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Barb Barb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Barbing.] 1. To shave or dress the beard of. [Obs.] 2. To clip; to mow. [Obs.] --Marston. 3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc. But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Barbed Barbed, a. [See 4th Bare.] Accoutered with defensive armor; -- said of a horse. See Barded ( which is the proper form.) --Sir W. Raleigh.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Barbed Barbed, a. Furnished with a barb or barbs; as, a barbed arrow; barbed wire. Barbed wire, a wire, or a strand of twisted wires, armed with barbs or sharp points. It is used for fences.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A barbed remark or joke seems polite or humorous, but contains a cleverly hidden criticism. ...barbed comments. = snide ADJ: usu ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Bearded. 2. Clad in armor (said of horses), mailed, in barbes, furnished with barbes.

Moby Thesaurus

acanthoid, acanthous, acicular, acuate, aculeate, aculeiform, acuminate, acute, cornuted, cusped, cuspidate, hispid, horned, horny, mucronate, needle-pointed, needle-sharp, pointed, pronged, sharp-pointed, spiculate, spiked, spiky, spined, spinous, spiny, tapered, tapering, tined, toothed, unbated


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