Meaning of 'barb' (Webster Dictionary)
- Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of
- A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
- 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
- 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.
- A bit for a horse.
- One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively
constitute the vane. See Feather.
- A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and
southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called
- A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
- The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary
into Spain by the Moors.
- A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought
- Armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard, n., 1. - To shave or dress the beard of.
- To clip; to mow.
- To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or
hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
Meaning of 'barb' (Princeton's WordNet)
- an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
Example in sentence:
- his parting shot was `drop dead';
- she takes a dig at me every chance she gets;
- she threw shafts of sarcasm
- provide with barbs