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barney

[bahr-nee] /ˈbɑr ni/
noun, plural barneys.
1.
Informal.
  1. an argument.
  2. a prizefight.
  3. a fight or brawl.
  4. a blunder or mistake.
2.
a small locomotive used in mining and logging.
3.
Movie Slang. a heavily padded cover for a camera, used to reduce the camera noise so that it will not be picked up by the sound-recording equipment.
Origin of barney
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; perhaps special uses of Barney

Barney

[bahr-nee] /ˈbɑr ni/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Bernard.

Oldfield

[ohld-feeld] /ˈoʊldˌfild/
noun
1.
Berna Eli
[bur-nuh] /ˈbɜr nə/ (Show IPA),
("Barney") 1878–1946, U.S. racing-car driver.
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  • barney was always the sort who would rather tell a lie than the truth.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "It's barney Black and his wife," he answered, in a whisper.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I caught a glimpse of him at the club, that time when I went there with barney—Godfreys!

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why, barney Black got after me only the other day about you.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The barney chap lived there with a Chinaman who did his housework.

British Dictionary definitions for barney

barney

/ˈbɑːnɪ/
noun
1.
a noisy argument
verb (intransitive)
2.
(mainly Austral & NZ) to argue or quarrel
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

Oldfield

/ˈəʊldˌfiːld/
noun
1.
Bruce. born 1950, British fashion designer
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Word Origin and History for barney
n.

1859, British slang, "lark, spree, rough enjoyment," of uncertain origin. Later also "a fixed prize-fight."

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Slang definitions & phrases for barney

barney

noun

  1. A prizefight or race whose outcome has been prearranged; a fixed fight or race: looked like a barney, as if there were some collusion (mid-1800s+)
  2. A despised person; nerd

[1980s+ college students; second sense fr the name of a character in the TV show The Flintstones]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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