Definition of barb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑːb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrb//
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  1. 1the point of an arrow or a hook that is curved backwards to make it difficult to pull out
  2. 2a remark that is meant to hurt somebody’s feelings The accusation that she did not trust him was a barb that hurt more than he wanted to admit. see also barbed
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a piece of linen worn over or under the chin by nuns): from Old French barbe, from Latin barba ‘beard’.
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