how to pronounce barbed


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the above transcription of barbed is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

barbed is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of barbed in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… at the top of the fence barbed wire …”

meanings of barbed


  1. Having barbs.
  2. Accoutered with defensive armor; barded.
  3. Deliberately hurtful; biting; caustic.
  4. Bearded (also applied to roses, referring to the leaves between the petals).


  1. Simple past tense and past participle of barb.

barbed frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word barbed occurs in english on average 1.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics barbed can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that barbed can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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