Meaning of “barbed” in the English Dictionary

"barbed" in British English

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barbedadjective

uk /bɑːbd/ us /bɑːrbd/

barbed adjective (WITH SHARP POINT)

having a sharp point that curves backwards

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

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barbedadjective

us /bɑrbd/

having a sharp point which curves backwards

unkind and criticizing:

a barbed comment

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