Meaning of “barb” in the English Dictionary

"barb" in British English

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barbnoun [ C ]

uk /bɑːb/ us /bɑːrb/

barb noun [ C ] (POINT)

the sharp part that points backwards from a fish hook (= curved piece of wire) or arrow, making it hard to remove it from something

barb noun [ C ] (REMARK)

a remark that is funny but unkind:

I tried to ignore their barbs about my new jacket.

(Definition of “barb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barb" in American English

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barbnoun [ C ]

us /bɑrb/

barb noun [ C ] (SHARP END)

the sharp part of a fish hook or arrow that makes it difficult to remove from something caught on it

barb noun [ C ] (CRUEL REMARK)

an intelligent but critical remark that is intended to hurt:

Some of Weaver’s sharpest barbs were aimed at his boss.

(Definition of “barb” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)