barbed Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “barbed” in the English Dictionary

"barbed" in British English

See all translations

barbedadjective

uk   /bɑːbd/  us   /bɑːrbd/

barbed adjective (WITH SHARP POINT)

having a ​sharppoint that ​curvesbackwards

barbed adjective (CRITICIZING)

unkind and ​criticizing: She made some ​rather barbed comments about my ​lifestyle.
(Definition of barbed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barbed" in American English

See all translations

barbedadjective

 us   /bɑrbd/
having a ​sharppoint which ​curvesbackwards
unkind and ​criticizing: a barbed ​comment
(Definition of barbed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “barbed”
in Chinese (Simplified) 带刺的,有倒刺的, (话)带刺的,讥讽的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 帶刺的,有倒刺的, (說話)帶刺的,譏諷的…
What is the pronunciation of barbed?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “barbed”

Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More