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barnyard

[bahrn-yahrd]
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noun
  1. Also called barnlot. a yard next to or surrounding a barn.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or typical of a barnyard: barnyard noises; simple paintings of barnyard life.
  2. indecent; smutty; vulgar: His barnyard humor made us all blush.

Origin of barnyard

First recorded in 1505–15; barn1 + yard2
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Examples from the Web for barnyard

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  • The little house was bustling; a dozen automobiles were parked in the barnyard.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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

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    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.

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    Anna Balmer Myers


British Dictionary definitions for barnyard

barnyard

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 earthybarnyard 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.

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