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bark

verb \ ˈbärk \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of bark

1 a : to make the characteristic short loud cry of a dog
b : to make a noise resembling a bark
2 : to speak in a curt loud and usually angry tone : snap
3 informal : to produce a usually sharp, sudden pain
  • … at 36 and with his mustache turning gray and his body barking back in pain, Luis DeLeon is in spring training with the Cubs.
  • —Joseph A. Reaves
  • The shoulder is pain-free for now, but his elbow barks at him occasionally …
  • —Mike Lupica
1 : to utter in a curt loud usually angry tone
  • an officer barking orders
2 : to advertise by persistent outcry
  • barking their wares
bark up the wrong tree
: to promote or follow a mistaken course (as in doing research)

Origin and Etymology of bark

Middle English berken, from Old English beorcan; akin to Old Norse berkja to bark, Lithuanian burgėti to growl


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

1 a : the sound made by a barking dog
b : a similar sound
2 : a short sharp peremptory tone of speech or utterance

barkless

play \ˈbärk-ləs\ adjective
someone's bark is worse than his/her bite
used to say that someone known for harsh or angry speech does not actually treat others in an unfairly harsh or harmful way
  • Chairman Paul Millership was larger than life and shouted his orders loud and clear. But his bark was worse than his bite and he was scrupulously fair to employees who put in the effort.
  • —The Nottingham Evening Post

First Known Use of bark

before 12th century


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bark

noun

Definition of bark

1 : the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem; specifically : the tissues outside the cambium that include an inner layer especially of secondary phloem and an outer layer of periderm
2 : cinchona 2
3 : a candy containing chocolate and nuts that is made in a sheet and broken into pieces

barkless

play \ˈbärk-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of bark

Middle English, from Old Norse bark-, bǫrkr; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German borke bark


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bark

verb

Definition of bark

1 : to treat with an infusion of tanbark
2 a : to strip the bark from
b : to rub off or abrade the skin of
  • barked a shin on the desk

First Known Use of bark

14th century

Other Wood Production Terms


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bark

noun
variants: or

Definition of bark

1 a : a small sailing ship
b : a sailing ship of three or more masts with the aftmost mast fore-and-aft rigged and the others square-rigged
2 : a craft propelled by sails or oars

Origin and Etymology of bark

Middle English, from Middle French barque, from Old Occitan barca, from Late Latin


BARK Defined for Kids

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bark

verb \ ˈbärk \

Definition of bark for Students

barked; barking
1 : to make the short loud cry of a dog or like a dog's
2 : to shout or speak sharply
  • The captain barked orders at the soldiers.

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bark

noun

Definition of bark for Students

: the sound made by a barking dog or a similar sound

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bark

noun

Definition of bark for Students

: the outside covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of a tree

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bark

noun
variants: or barque \ˈbärk\

Definition of bark for Students

1 : a small sailing boat
2 : a three-masted ship with foremast and mainmast square-rigged

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bark

verb

Definition of bark for Students

barked; barking
: to rub or scrape the skin off
  • He barked his shins.

Medical Dictionary

bark

noun \ ˈbärk \

medical Definition of bark

1 : the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem
2 : cinchona 3


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