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barb

barb

 
 
pronunciation:
barb
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small, sharp point projecting in the opposite direction of the main point or hook, as on an arrow, fishhook, or the like.
The purpose of the barb is to keep the fishhook from slipping out of the tissue of the fish's mouth.
similar words:
affront
definition 2: a hurtful remark.
His speech contained several barbs aimed at his opponent.
similar words:
insult
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: barbed, barbing, barbs
definition: to provide with barbs.
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derivation: barbless (adj.)
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