adjective (1)
bark·​less | \ ˈbärk-ləs How to pronounce barkless (audio) \

Definition of barkless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a dog
: marked by the absence of or inability to produce barking sounds : lacking a bark When I was growing up, I had read a children's book where the family had a couple of these dogs and I had been fascinated by the fact that they were barkless.— Linda M. Howard The dog … was a basenji—a rare breed also known as "the barkless dog of the Congo."— Pat Cahill


adjective (2)

Definition of barkless (Entry 2 of 2)

of a woody plant or plant part
: lacking bark … cavorting on the barkless cantilevered trunk of a dead tree …— Jay Jacobs The river was full of logs—long, slender, barkless pine logs—and we leaned on the rails of the bridge, and watched the men put them together into rafts.— Mark Twain

First Known Use of barkless

Adjective (1)

1841, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barkless

Adjective (1)

bark entry 1 + -less

Adjective (2)

bark entry 3 + -less

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The first known use of barkless was in 1604

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“Barkless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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