[ US /ˈbɑɹbd/ ]
[ UK /bˈɑːbd/ ]
  1. capable of wounding
    a biting aphorism
    a barbed compliment
    pungent satire
  2. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
    setaceous whiskers
    burred fruits
    a horse with a short bristly mane
    bristly shrubs
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How To Use barbed In A Sentence

  • A tall, impenetrable wall with barbed wire and sharp metal spikes on top surrounded the entire complex.
  • Presently I saw a man leaning on a two-strand barbed-wire fence, the wires fixed not to posts but to crooked tree limbs stuck in the ground.
  • Here and there a soldado pulled up, screaming, as a barbed shaft found a crack or pierced a foot or leg. Fire The Sky
  • He fondled the impression of her as of silverspun wire, of fine leather, of twisted hair-sennit from the heads of maidens such as the Marquesans make, of carven pearl-shell for the lure of the bonita, and of barbed ivory at the heads of sea-spears such as the Eskimos throw. CHAPTER X
  • Looking out of the bus window, I saw tank traps, sandbagged trenches, tank emplacements, barbed wire, low flying copters.
  • Now, in this land the path of the transgressor is strewn with barbed wire, and so my mistress got entangled in some loose strands that had uncoiled from the fence. Janey Canuck in the West
  • And, given the club's pressing financial problems, barbed comments continue to be fired in the Trust's direction from some fans who believe the money could have been better spent.
  • Tremolite's long fibers are barbed like fishhooks.
  • The arch tastemaker meant it as a compliment, but barbed remarks and outright insults have dogged her throughout her career.
  • I followed him inside the rambling barbed wire, shaking my head and muttering “Cayuse?” Silver Zombie
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