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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
1505-15; barn1 + yard2
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  • The three rabbits watched the ducks until they were in the barnyard.

    Bunny Rabbit's Diary Mary Frances Blaisdell
  • And he dashed out of the woodshed and ran to the barnyard as fast as he could scamper.

  • It seldom visits a barnyard, but will occasionally catch a fowl that has strayed away from the protection of buildings.

  • Sheriff Watson frowned at the list as Jerry drove into the first barnyard.

    The Invaders Benjamin Ferris
  • If barnyard manure is not obtainable, use leaves, or grass-clippings—anything that will shade the soil and retain moisture well.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • It was as if their barnyard well had burst into a mighty, high-shooting geyser.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The primitive privy is reached by crossing a barnyard and is a favorite place for poultry which roost here.

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.

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