barrel

[ bar-uh l ]
/ ˈbær əl /

noun

verb (used with object), bar·reled, bar·rel·ing or (especially British) bar·relled, bar·rel·ling.

verb (used without object), bar·reled, bar·rel·ing or (especially British) bar·relled, bar·rel·ling.

Informal. to travel or drive very fast: to barrel along the highway.

Nearby words

  1. barre,
  2. barred,
  3. barred i,
  4. barred owl,
  5. barred spiral galaxy,
  6. barrel bolt,
  7. barrel cactus,
  8. barrel chair,
  9. barrel chest,
  10. barrel cuff

Idioms

    over a barrel, Informal. in a helpless, weak, or awkward position; unable to act: They really had us over a barrel when they foreclosed the mortgage.

Origin of barrel

1250–1300; Middle English barell < Anglo-French baril, Old French barril < Vulgar Latin *barrīculum, equivalent to *barrīc(a), perhaps derivative of Late Latin barra bar1 + Latin -ulum -ule; compare Medieval Latin (circa 800) barriclus small cask

Related formshalf-bar·rel, nounun·bar·reled, adjectiveun·bar·relled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for barrel

barrel

/ (ˈbærəl) /

noun

verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled

Word Origin for barrel

C14: from Old French baril perhaps from barre bar 1

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Word Origin and History for barrel
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Idioms and Phrases with barrel

barrel

see both barrels; bottom of the barrel; cash on the barrelhead; like shooting fish in a barrel; lock, stock, and barrel; more fun than a barrel of monkeys; over a barrel; pork barrel; rotten apple (spoils the barrel).

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