- an argument.
- a prizefight.
- a fight or brawl.
- 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.
Origin of barney
First recorded in 1860–65; perhaps special uses of Barney
- a male given name, form of Bernard.
- Ber·na Eli [bur-nuh] /ˈbɜr nə/, Barney, 1878–1946, U.S. racing-car driver.
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Examples from the Web for barney
Barney is blown into some nearby rapids and the new expendables are taken as prisoners.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
The messages have proved embarrassing to Barney as she continues an ongoing custody battle.Does Your Marriage Need a Digital Privacy Clause?
April 17, 2014
Meanwhile, Barney is living in a completely different show than his former co-patriots.
You know how the entire ninth season has been about Robin and Barney's wedding?
Robin and Barney date and breakup, and Barney returns to his womanizing ways.Everything You Need to Know About 'How I Met Your Mother'
March 31, 2014
Barney was always the sort who would rather tell a lie than the truth.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
"It's Barney Black and his wife," he answered, in a whisper.
I caught a glimpse of him at the club, that time when I went there with Barney—Godfreys!
Why, Barney Black got after me only the other day about you.
The Barney chap lived there with a Chinaman who did his housework.The Spoilers of the Valley
- a noisy argument
- mainly Australian and NZ to argue or quarrel
C19: of unknown origin
- Bruce. born 1950, British fashion designer
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Word Origin and History for barney
1859, British slang, "lark, spree, rough enjoyment," of uncertain origin. Later also "a fixed prize-fight."
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