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[bahrn-yahrd] /ˈbɑrnˌyɑrd/
Also called barnlot. a yard next to or surrounding a barn.
of, relating to, or typical of a barnyard:
barnyard noises; simple paintings of barnyard life.
indecent; smutty; vulgar:
His barnyard humor made us all blush.
Origin of barnyard
First recorded in 1505-15; barn1 + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


a yard adjoining a barn, in which farm animals are kept
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of a barnyard
(modifier) crude or earthy: barnyard humour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barnyard

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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