Definition of barbed adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑːbd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrbd//
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  1. 1(of an arrow or a hook) having a point that is curved backwards (called a barb) barbed wire
  2. 2(of a remark or comment) meant to hurt somebody’s feelings
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barbed

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