- a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, especially such a frame with projecting shafts at each end for handles; handbarrow.
- a wheelbarrow.
- British. a pushcart used by street vendors, especially by costermongers.
Origin of barrow1
- Archaeology. tumulus(def 1).
- Chiefly British. a hill (sometimes used in combination): Trentishoe Barrow in North Devon; Whitbarrow in North Lancashire.
Origin of barrow2
- a castrated male swine.
Origin of barrow3
- Also called Bar·row-in-Fur·ness [bar-oh-in-fur-nis] /ˈbær oʊ ɪnˈfɜr nɪs/. a seaport in Cumbria, in NW England.
- Point, the N tip of Alaska: the northernmost point of the U.S.
- a town in N Alaska, S of Barrow Point: site of a government science-research center.
Examples from the Web for barrow
In Republican election committees on the Hill, “Barrow” had become a dirty word said only in hushed tones.How House Dems Lost Their Last Southern White Guy
November 9, 2014
Eleanor was even more bitter than her husband, refusing to forgive Barrow for his coldness.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
Since then, Barrow has been periodically loved and hated by both sides.
“These are my guns now,” Barrow proclaims in the ad, cocking the gun.
“I have never been a rubber stamp for any party, any party leadership, or any president,” Barrow said at a campaign stop.
Temple, barrow, etc., have thus been raised to proper names.Beowulf
And soil might have been taken from the bottom of this Dorchester barrow which produced them.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
In its barrow it trusted, its battling and bulwarks: that boast was vain!Beowulf
Barrow, it seems, was at the Edinburgh University, which is in the county of Lothian.
A gentleman of the name of Barrow, who introduced Home to Collins.
- See wheelbarrow, handbarrow
- Also called: barrowful the amount contained in or on a barrow
- mainly British a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
- Northern English dialect concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
- into one's barrow Irish and Scot dialect suited to one's interests or desires
- a heap of earth placed over one or more prehistoric tombs, often surrounded by ditches. Long barrows are elongated Neolithic mounds usually covering stone burial chambers; round barrows are Bronze Age, covering burials or cremations
- a castrated pig
Word Origin and History for barrow
"vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded Old English *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry" (see bear (v.)). The original had no wheel and required two persons to carry it.
"mound," Old English beorg (West Saxon), berg (Anglian) "barrow, mountain, hill, mound," from Proto-Germanic *bergaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German berg "mountain," Old North bjarg "rock"), from PIE root *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. Old Church Slavonic bregu "mountain, height," Old Irish brigh "mountain," Sanskrit b'rhant "high," Old Persian bard- "be high"). Obsolete except in place-names and southwest England dialect by 1400; revived by modern archaeology.
In place-names used of small continuously curving hills, smaller than a dun, with the summit typically occupied by a single farmstead or by a village church with the village beside the hill, and also of burial mounds. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]
Meaning "mound erected over a grave" was a specific sense in late Old English. Barrow-wight first recorded 1869 in Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris's translation of the Icelandic saga of Grettir the Strong.