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barnyard

[bahrn-yahrd] /ˈbɑrnˌyɑrd/
noun
1.
Also called barnlot. a yard next to or surrounding a barn.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or typical of a barnyard:
barnyard noises; simple paintings of barnyard life.
3.
indecent; smutty; vulgar:
His barnyard humor made us all blush.
Origin of barnyard
1505-1515
First recorded in 1505-15; barn1 + yard2
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  • The little house was bustling; a dozen automobiles were parked in the barnyard.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It was as if their barnyard well had burst into a mighty, high-shooting geyser.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • But when he saw her at the barnyard gate, he was again in the dark as to her motive.

  • In our barnyard no family is more respected than that of the ducks.

  • "We are not the first, after all," said the preacher as he saw the number of conveyances in and about the barnyard.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • She sniffed, smiling, as she followed Phœbe and David down the path to the barnyard.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • Take your fish to the kitchen an' then git down to the barnyard as quick as you can.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for barnyard

barnyard

/ˈbɑːnˌjɑːd/
noun
1.
a yard adjoining a barn, in which farm animals are kept
2.
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of a barnyard
3.
(modifier) crude or earthy: barnyard humour
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Word Origin and History for barnyard
n.

1510s, from barn + yard (n.1). Figurative of coarse or uncivilized behavior from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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