barb vs gibe what difference

what is difference between barb and gibe

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɑː(ɹ)b/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)b

Etymology 1

From Middle English barbe, from Middle French barbe, from Old French barbe (beard, beard-like element). Doublet of beard.

Noun

barb (plural barbs)

  1. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.
    • 1545, Roger Ascham, Toxophilus
      Having two barbs or points.
  2. (figuratively) A hurtful or disparaging remark.
  3. A beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.
    • The barbel is so called [] by reason of his barbs, or wattles at his mouth.
  4. (ornithology) One of the many side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane.
  5. (ichthyology) Any of various species of freshwater carp-like fish that have barbels and belong to the cyprinid family.
  6. (US) The sciaenid fish Menticirrhus americanus, found along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States.
    Synonyms: Carolina whiting, king whiting, southern kingcroaker, southern kingfish
  7. (botany) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
  8. (obsolete) A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
  9. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen.
    Synonyms: barbel, barble
  10. (obsolete) A bit for a horse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  11. A plastic fastener, shaped roughly like a capital I (with serifs), used to attach socks etc. to their packaging.
Translations

Verb

barb (third-person singular simple present barbs, present participle barbing, simple past and past participle barbed)

  1. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 6, lines 544-6, [2]
      [] for this day will pour down, / If I conjecture aught, no drizzling shower, / But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, “Meg the Worker,” [3]
      Her coat was a tangled mass, barbed with last year’s burs, matted disgustingly with cow dung.
  2. (Nigeria) To cut (hair).
  3. (obsolete) To shave or dress the beard of.
  4. (obsolete) To clip; to mow.
    • 1603, John Marston, The Malcontent
      The stooping scythe-man , that doth barb the field
Translations

Etymology 2

Clipping of Barbary.

Noun

barb (plural barbs)

  1. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
  2. A blackish or dun variety of pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.

Etymology 3

Clipping of barbiturate.

Noun

barb (plural barbs)

  1. (informal, pharmacology) A barbiturate.
    Coordinate term: benzo

Etymology 4

Corruption of bard.

Noun

barb (plural barbs)

  1. Armor for a horse.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 29:
      The defensive armor with the horses of the ancient knights … These are frequently, though improperly, stiled barbs.
Translations

Verb

barb (third-person singular simple present barbs, present participle barbing, simple past and past participle barbed)

  1. To cover a horse in armor.

Further reading

  • barb on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • barb (fish) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Barb in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)

Anagrams

  • BBAR, Rabb, abbr, abbr.

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈbaɾp/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /ˈbarp/

Etymology 1

From Latin barbus.

Noun

barb m (plural barbs)

  1. barbel (freshwater fish of the genus Barbus)

Etymology 2

From Latin varus, influenced by barba (beard).

Noun

barb m (plural barbs)

  1. blackhead (skin blemish)

Further reading

  • “barb” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Manx

Etymology

From Old Irish borb (foolish, rude).

Adjective

barb (plural barbey, comparative barbey)

  1. sharp, drastic
  2. cruel, rough

Derived terms

  • neuvarb

Noun

barb m (genitive singular [please provide], plural [please provide])

  1. sharp point, javelin

Mutation


English

Noun

gibe (plural gibes)

  1. Alternative spelling of gybe
  2. Alternative spelling of jibe (facetious or insulting remark)

Verb

gibe (third-person singular simple present gibes, present participle gibing, simple past and past participle gibed)

  1. Alternative spelling of gybe
  2. Alternative spelling of jibe

Anagrams

  • Geib, IBGE

Spanish

Verb

gibe

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of gibar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of gibar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of gibar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of gibar.

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