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Synonyms for barb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibenoun

    an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

    "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"

    calamus, beam, shaft, archeological site, stab, peter, shaft of light, diaphysis, guessing, excavation, ray of light, pecker, digging, snap, jab, guesswork, cock, rotating shaft, blastoff, stroke, ray, prick, shooter, scape, slam, scene, spear, dick, dig, crack, tool, lance, snapshot, shooting, light beam, quill, gibe, guess, beam of light, sweep, putz, jibe, irradiation, injection, pellet, dead reckoning, shot

  2. barbnoun

    the pointed part of barbed wire

    dig, jibe, gibe, shot, shaft, slam

  3. barbnoun

    a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

    dig, jibe, gibe, shot, shaft, slam

  4. barbverb

    one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

    dig, jibe, gibe, shot, shaft, slam

  5. barbverb

    provide with barbs

    "barbed wire"

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. barbnoun

    beard (or excrescences like a beard), wattles

  2. barbnoun

    horse (of the barbary breed)

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "barb":

    tooth, barbara, ranch

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  1. Richard Brinsley Sheridan:

    There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.

  2. Akhenaton:

    The barb in the arrow of childhood suffering is this its intense loneliness, its intense ignorance.

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    What is a synonym for bounty?
    • A. Scares
    • B. Empty
    • C. Plentiful
    • D. Shallow

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