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barrow

1
[bar-oh]
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noun
  1. a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, especially such a frame with projecting shafts at each end for handles; handbarrow.
  2. a wheelbarrow.
  3. British. a pushcart used by street vendors, especially by costermongers.
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Origin of barrow

1
before 1000; Middle English bar(e)we, Old English bearwe; akin to Middle High German bere, bier, bear1

barrow

2
[bar-oh]
noun
  1. Archaeology. tumulus(def 1).
  2. Chiefly British. a hill (sometimes used in combination): Trentishoe Barrow in North Devon; Whitbarrow in North Lancashire.
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Origin of barrow

2
before 900; Middle English berw, beruh, bargh, berg(h), Old English beorg hill, mound; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German berg mountain, Old Norse bjarg, berg cliff, Armenian berdz height, Welsh bera heap; akin to Avestan bərəz-, bərəzant-, Sanskrit bṛhánt- high. See borough

barrow

3
[bar-oh]
noun
  1. a castrated male swine.
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Origin of barrow

3
before 1000; Middle English barowe, baru, Old English bearg; cognate with Old High German barug, Old Norse bǫrgr. Cf. bore2, whose meaning is close to the semantics of cutting or splitting (referring to castration)

Barrow

[bar-oh]
noun
  1. Also called Bar·row-in-Fur·ness [bar-oh-in-fur-nis] /ˈbær oʊ ɪnˈfɜr nɪs/. a seaport in Cumbria, in NW England.
  2. Point, the N tip of Alaska: the northernmost point of the U.S.
  3. a town in N Alaska, S of Barrow Point: site of a government science-research center.
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Related Words for barrow

mountain, mote, hog, dune, pile, hill, mound, bank, tumulus, gurry

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British Dictionary definitions for barrow

barrow

1
noun
  1. See wheelbarrow, handbarrow
  2. Also called: barrowful the amount contained in or on a barrow
  3. mainly British a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
  4. Northern English dialect concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
  5. into one's barrow Irish and Scot dialect suited to one's interests or desires
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Word Origin for barrow

Old English bearwe; related to Old Norse barar bier, Old High German bāra

barrow

2
noun
  1. a heap of earth placed over one or more prehistoric tombs, often surrounded by ditches. Long barrows are elongated Neolithic mounds usually covering stone burial chambers; round barrows are Bronze Age, covering burials or cremations
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Word Origin for barrow

Old English beorg; related to Old Norse bjarg, Gothic bairgahei hill, Old High German berg mountain

barrow

3
noun
  1. a castrated pig
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Word Origin for barrow

Old English bearg; related to Old Norse börgr, Old High German barug

Barrow

noun
  1. a river in SE Ireland, rising in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and flowing south to Waterford Harbour. Length: about 193 km (120 miles)
  2. See Barrow-in-Furness, Barrow Point
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Word Origin and History for barrow

n.1

"vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded Old English *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry" (see bear (v.)). The original had no wheel and required two persons to carry it.

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n.2

"mound," Old English beorg (West Saxon), berg (Anglian) "barrow, mountain, hill, mound," from Proto-Germanic *bergaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German berg "mountain," Old North bjarg "rock"), from PIE root *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. Old Church Slavonic bregu "mountain, height," Old Irish brigh "mountain," Sanskrit b'rhant "high," Old Persian bard- "be high"). Obsolete except in place-names and southwest England dialect by 1400; revived by modern archaeology.

In place-names used of small continuously curving hills, smaller than a dun, with the summit typically occupied by a single farmstead or by a village church with the village beside the hill, and also of burial mounds. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]

Meaning "mound erected over a grave" was a specific sense in late Old English. Barrow-wight first recorded 1869 in Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris's translation of the Icelandic saga of Grettir the Strong.

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