Also called barnlot. a yard next to or surrounding a barn.


of, relating to, or typical of a barnyard: barnyard noises; simple paintings of barnyard life.
indecent; smutty; vulgar: His barnyard humor made us all blush.

Origin of barnyard

First recorded in 1505–15; barn1 + yard2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for barnyard

pen, corral, feedlot, barnlot

Examples from the Web for barnyard

Contemporary Examples of barnyard

Historical Examples of barnyard

  • The little house was bustling; a dozen automobiles were parked in the barnyard.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was as if their barnyard well had burst into a mighty, high-shooting geyser.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • But when he saw her at the barnyard gate, he was again in the dark as to her motive.

  • In our barnyard no family is more respected than that of the ducks.

  • "We are not the first, after all," said the preacher as he saw the number of conveyances in and about the barnyard.


    Anna Balmer Myers

British Dictionary definitions for barnyard



a yard adjoining a barn, in which farm animals are kept
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of a barnyard
(modifier) crude or earthybarnyard humour
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Word Origin and History for barnyard

1510s, from barn + yard (n.1). Figurative of coarse or uncivilized behavior from 1920.

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