- a borough of Greater London, England.
- 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
Synonyms for barkSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
- 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
Related Words for barkinggrowl, cry, snarl, yap, howl, grumble, roar, mutter, yell, clamor, snap, bay, woof, gnarl, yip, bellow, bawl, arf
Examples from the Web for barking
Contemporary Examples of barking
Back at police headquarters, Chief of Police Michael Floore Sr. ran out of the detective bureau, barking into a walkie talkie.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
The Bears needed a shot of adrenaline to wake the barking dogs.The Hit Heard Around the World
November 7, 2013
Producers are barking into an earpiece to speed things up or slow things down.Why Is It So Hard to Be a Reality-TV Host?
April 25, 2013
He approached ahead of her, barking furiously, and I put down my hand for him to sniff, which seemed to enrage him further.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel
October 16, 2012
They make all kinds of calls and noises as we pass: slurps, hissing, barking, and even machine-gun sounds.Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic
Sophia Jones, Erin Banco
June 27, 2012
Historical Examples of barking
The worst was, that they did not confine their demonstrations to barking.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
A Coyote came bounding and barking through the sage-brush after him.The Biography of a Grizzly
In the village we were met by a number of dogs, all barking loudly.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
She only knew he was there because the dog at the priest's house was barking.Father Sergius
Then, barking joyfully, he set off down the slope to the village.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- mad; crazy
- (intensifier)barking mad
- 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
Word Origin for bark
- 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
Word Origin for bark
- a variant spelling (esp US) of barque
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.
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)