Adjective "barbed" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/bɑːbd/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Having a barb or barbs.
  1. 'She hid her face for a second with the fan, licking the barbed edges of the pins that gave it its shape then bent down close to his face, giving him full leeway to her mouth.'
  2. 'New pastures full of scarecrows and glistening barbed razor wire and crisscrossing pipelines pumping petrodollars into the pockets of imperium.'
  3. 'This is, stripped bare, a classic romantic comedy, given a barbed edge by the precociously talented Anderson, whose presence lends the film its refreshingly unique style.'
  4. 'My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men.'
  5. 'Talon's next words were similarly cut short when a wickedly barbed, green-feathered arrow hissed in through the doorway.'
  6. 'They were not kept behind barbed or electric wire fences.'
  7. 'Arrows and barbed harpoons were placed near the right leg; milling stones, awls, chisels, knives, and other offerings were set to the left of the body.'
  8. 'They vary up the torture tactics via new school hardcore, the furious primal bombast of thrash metal and every barbed edge in-between.'
  9. 'Corrected to reflect that the correct sadistic flesh gouging implement of the period was not barbed wire, but barbed whips.'
  10. 'With all the barbed words being launched between them, especially between a certain pair, maybe they need to see themselves as standing on one side or the other.'
  11. 'Scooby's cell mate, Manny, who only reads the Bible but constantly hurls barbed words at inmates and guards alike, tried to sabotage the political discussion.'
  12. 'They knew this as well, so they taunted me with their sharp swords and barbed words.'
  13. 'Was he really so unobservant that he had not heard the barbed criticism behind that woman's comment?'
  14. 'Harry could not resist making a barbed remark at that.'
  15. 'Nobody knows worst-dressed lists better than the famed Mr Blackwell, who since 1960 has issued barbed critiques of stars' outfits at the start of each new year.'
  16. 'He had never cared for his stepmother and now that her treachery was known to him, it was impossible not to send barbed comments in her direction.'
  17. 'The dangers for Stephen, however, arc the barbed remarks of the scholars, presently engaged in a discussion of Goethe's novel, Wilhelm Meister.'
  18. '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.'
  19. 'In this instance, the next best thing to saying ‘Mind your own business’ would be to say something light - with just the tiniest barbed edge.'

Definitions

1. having barbs.

2. calculated to wound; cutting: a professor noted for his barbed criticisms.

More examples(as adjective)

"voices can be barbed with ironies."

"stings can be barbed in ways."

"wires can be barbed."

"fences can be barbed."

"barriers can be barbed."

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