barb Dill insists her husband came back from Iraq a changed man.
Nora could arm and disarm within a sentence, could wield a barb and its curative salve within a phrase.
The beauty and grace of the rituals that barb undergoes are deeply contrasted with the inner turmoil she experiences here.
late 14c., "barb of an arrow," from Old French barbe (11c.) "beard, beardlike appendage," from Latin barba "beard," perhaps cognate with Old English beard (see beard (n.)).
late 15c., "to clip, mow;" see barb (n.). Meaning "to fit or furnish with barbs" is from 1610s. Related: Barbed; barbing.