barrow

1
[ bar-oh ]
/ ˈbær oʊ /

noun

a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, especially such a frame with projecting shafts at each end for handles; handbarrow.
British. a pushcart used by street vendors, especially by costermongers.

Nearby words

  1. barron,
  2. barron, clarence walker,
  3. barroom,
  4. barros,
  5. barros, joão de,
  6. barrow boy,
  7. barrow pit,
  8. barrow point,
  9. barrow's goldeneye,
  10. barrow-boy

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 ]
/ ˈbær oʊ /

noun

Archaeology. tumulus(def 1).
Chiefly British. a hill (sometimes used in combination): Trentishoe Barrow in North Devon; Whitbarrow in North Lancashire.

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 ]
/ ˈbær oʊ /

noun

a castrated male swine.

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 ]
/ ˈbær oʊ /

noun

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

barrow

1
/ (ˈbærəʊ) /

noun

Also called: barrowful the amount contained in or on a barrow
mainly British a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
Northern English dialect concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
into one's barrow Irish and Scot dialect suited to one's interests or desires

Word Origin for barrow

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

noun

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

Word Origin for barrow

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

noun

a castrated pig

Word Origin for barrow

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

Barrow

/ (ˈbærəʊ) /

noun

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