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  1. Also called Bar·row-in-Fur·ness [bar-oh-in-fur-nis] /ˈbær oʊ ɪnˈfɜr nɪs/. a seaport in Cumbria, in NW England.
  2. Point, the N tip of Alaska: the northernmost point of the U.S.
  3. a town in N Alaska, S of Barrow Point: site of a government science-research center.
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British Dictionary definitions for barrow-in-furness


  1. an industrial town in NW England, in S Cumbria. Pop: 47 194 (2001)


  1. a river in SE Ireland, rising in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and flowing south to Waterford Harbour. Length: about 193 km (120 miles)
  2. See Barrow-in-Furness, Barrow Point


  1. See wheelbarrow, handbarrow
  2. Also called: barrowful the amount contained in or on a barrow
  3. mainly British a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
  4. Northern English dialect concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
  5. into one's barrow Irish and Scot dialect suited to one's interests or desires

Word Origin

Old English bearwe; related to Old Norse barar bier, Old High German bāra


  1. 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

Word Origin

Old English beorg; related to Old Norse bjarg, Gothic bairgahei hill, Old High German berg mountain


  1. a castrated pig

Word Origin

Old English bearg; related to Old Norse börgr, Old High German barug
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Word Origin and History for barrow-in-furness



"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.

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