- the abrupt, harsh, explosive cry of a dog.
- a similar sound made by another animal, as a fox.
- a short, explosive sound, as of firearms: the bark of a revolver.
- a brusque order, reply, etc.: The foreman's bark sent the idlers back to their machines.
- a cough.
- (of a dog or other animal) to utter an abrupt, explosive cry or a series of such cries.
- to make a similar sound: The big guns barked.
- to speak or cry out sharply or gruffly: a man who barks at his children.
- Informal. to advertise a theater performance, carnival sideshow, or the like, by standing at the entrance and calling out to passersby.
- to cough.
- to utter in a harsh, shouting tone: barking orders at her subordinates.
- bark at the moon, to protest in vain: Telling her that she's misinformed is just barking at the moon.
- bark up the wrong tree, to assail or pursue the wrong person or object; misdirect one's efforts: If he expects me to get him a job, he's barking up the wrong tree.
Origin of bark1
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- the external covering of the woody stems, branches, and roots of plants, as distinct and separable from the wood itself.
- Tanning. a mixture of oak and hemlock barks.
- candy, usually of chocolate with large pieces of nuts, made in flat sheets.
- to rub off or scrape the skin of, as by bumping into something: to bark one's shins.
- to remove a circle of bark from; girdle.
- to cover, enclose, or encrust with or as if with bark.
- to treat with a bark infusion; tan.
- to strip the bark from; peel.
Origin of bark2
Examples from the Web for barked
Early in the aughts, Wall Street whistled, and neither Clinton nor de Blasio barked.When Dems Loved Wall Street
January 6, 2014
Coolio and Greg Brady (Barry Williams) are barked at by military training officers.‘Splash’ and Nine Other Odd Celebrity Reality Competitions (VIDEO)
March 19, 2013
While Forde barked orders, Bush, 36, was the tall triggerman in blackface.Death Sentence for Arizona Child Killer
Terry Greene Sterling
April 7, 2011
And since Tello was no longer around, there would be no barked alarm to warn of intruders.My Parents' Brothel
December 6, 2009
“Osama bin Laden was not in New Orleans,” he barked into the phone.The Key to Being a Leader During Crisis? Break the Rules
October 10, 2013
She danced around in such excitement that Fritz barked wildly.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
For the second and last time in his life he had barked and made himself understood.White Fang
He swam part of the time and ran and barked on the towpath the other part.W. A. G.'s Tale
He was rising but Judge Knowles barked a profane order for him to keep his seat.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Then she barked like a dog, and laughed a shrill laugh like a witch, and barked again.The Manxman
- the loud abrupt usually harsh or gruff cry of a dog or any of certain other animals
- a similar sound, such as one made by a person, gun, etc
- his bark is worse than his bite he is bad-tempered but harmless
- (intr) (of a dog or any of certain other animals) to make its typical loud abrupt cry
- (intr) (of a person, gun, etc) to make a similar loud harsh sound
- to say or shout in a brusque, peremptory, or angry tonehe barked an order
- US informal to advertise (a show, merchandise, etc) by loudly addressing passers-by
- bark up the wrong tree informal to misdirect one's attention, efforts, etc; be mistaken
- a protective layer of dead corky cells on the outside of the stems of woody plants
- any of several varieties of this substance that can be used in tanning, dyeing, or in medicine
- an informal name for cinchona
- to scrape or rub off skin, as in an injury
- to remove the bark or a circle of bark from (a tree or log)
- to cover or enclose with bark
- to tan (leather), principally by the tannins in barks
- a variant spelling (esp US) of barque
Word Origin and History for barked
dog sound, Old English beorc, from bark (v.). Paired and compared with bite (n.) since at least 1660s; the proverb is older: "Timid dogs bark worse than they bite" was in Latin (Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet, Quintius Curtius).
"any small ship," early 15c., from Middle French barque (15c.), from Late Latin barca (c.400 C.E.), probably cognate with Vulgar Latin *barica (see barge). More precise sense of "three-masted ship" (17c.) often is spelled barque to distinguish it.
in reference to a dog sound, Old English beorcan "to bark," from Proto-Germanic *berkanan (cf. Old Norse berkja "to bark"), of echoic origin. Related: Barked; barking. To bark up the wrong tree is U.S. colloquial, first attested 1832, from notion of hounds following the wrong scent.
- The protective outer covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of trees and other woody plants. Bark includes all tissues outside the vascular cambium. In older trees, bark is usually divided into inner bark, consisting of living phloem, and outer bark, consisting of the periderm (the phelloderm, cork cambium, and cork) and all the tissues outside it. The outer bark is mainly dead tissue that protects the tree from heat, cold, insects, and other dangers. The appearance of bark varies according to the manner in which the periderm forms, as in broken layers or smoother rings. Bark also has lenticels, porous corky areas that allow for the exchange of water vapor and gases with the interior living tissues.
Idioms and Phrases with barked
In addition to the idioms beginning with bark
- bark is worse than his bite
- bark up the wrong tree
- talk one's arm off (the bark off a tree)