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barney

[ bahr-nee ]
/ ˈbɑr ni /
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noun, plural bar·neys.

Informal.
  1. an argument.
  2. a prizefight.
  3. a fight or brawl.
  4. a blunder or mistake.
a small locomotive used in mining and logging.
Movie Slang. a heavily padded cover for a camera, used to reduce the camera noise so that it will not be picked up by the sound-recording equipment.

Nearby words

barnes, albert coombs, barnes, djuna, barnet, barnett, barneveldt, barney, barnlot, barnsley, barnstable, barnstaple, barnstorm

Origin of barney

First recorded in 1860–65; perhaps special uses of Barney

Definition for barney (2 of 3)

Barney

[ bahr-nee ]
/ ˈbɑr ni /

noun

a male given name, form of Bernard.

Definition for barney (3 of 3)

Oldfield

[ ohld-feeld ]
/ ˈoʊldˌfild /

noun

Ber·na Eli [bur-nuh] /ˈbɜr nə/, Barney, 1878–1946, U.S. racing-car driver.
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British Dictionary definitions for barney (1 of 2)

barney

/ (ˈbɑːnɪ) informal /

noun

a noisy argument

verb (intr)

mainly Australian and NZ to argue or quarrel

Word Origin for barney

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for barney (2 of 2)

Oldfield

/ (ˈəʊldˌfiːld) /

noun

Bruce. born 1950, British fashion designer
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Word Origin and History for barney

barney


n.

1859, British slang, "lark, spree, rough enjoyment," of uncertain origin. Later also "a fixed prize-fight."

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