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barracuda

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noun bar·ra·cu·da \ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də, ˌba-rə-\

Simple Definition of barracuda

  • : a kind of fierce tropical fish that has strong jaws and sharp teeth

  • : someone who uses aggressive, harsh, and sometimes improper ways to achieve something

Full Definition of barracuda

plural bar·ra·cu·da or bar·ra·cu·das

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Sphyraena of the family Sphyraenidae) of elongate predaceous often large bony fishes of warm seas that includes food and sport fishes as well as some forms frequently causing ciguatera poisoning

  2. 2 :  one that uses aggressive, selfish, and sometimes unethical methods to obtain a goal especially in business

Examples of barracuda

  1. The company's lawyers are a bunch of barracudas.

  2. <the governor-elect is too nice and easygoing, so he'll need a barracuda as his chief of staff>



Origin of barracuda

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1678

Rhymes with barracuda


BAR*RA*CU*DA Defined for Kids

bar*ra*cu*da

noun bar·ra·cu·da \ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də\

Definition of bar*ra*cu*da

  1. :  any of several large fierce marine fishes of warm seas that have strong jaws and sharp teeth





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