barnyard

noun
barn·​yard | \ ˈbärn-ˌyärd How to pronounce barnyard (audio) \

Definition of barnyard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually fenced area adjoining a barn

barnyard

adjective

Definition of barnyard (Entry 2 of 2)

: smutty, earthy, scatological barnyard humor

Examples of barnyard in a Sentence

Adjective goats, pigs, and other barnyard animals
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Patricia Salas, inhaling the barnyard scents through her mask, remembers visiting the zoo herself decades ago, as children in this predominantly Latino part of the San Gabriel Valley have for generations. Los Angeles Times, "Montebello petting zoo reopens — minus the petting," 8 Mar. 2021 There’s some ginger too, and the barnyard funk from the nose just about manages to hang on. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, "Whisky Review: Skye’s Newest Distillery, New Israeli Single Malts, And More," 28 Feb. 2021 There are no tigers, lions, elephants or bears — just humble barnyard animals, along with turtles and a lone emu, many rescued from dire circumstances by the zoo’s owner, Rolando Wolovich. Los Angeles Times, "Montebello petting zoo reopens — minus the petting," 8 Mar. 2021 This feature is present — and helpful — in the barnyard example, where the easiest attribute to solve for is horns. Quanta Magazine, "New Algorithm Breaks Speed Limit for Solving Linear Equations," 8 Mar. 2021 The initial hay and mustiness opens up to a combination of lemon peel, thyme, and a hint of barnyard funk. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, "Whisky Review: Skye’s Newest Distillery, New Israeli Single Malts, And More," 28 Feb. 2021 This year, researchers welcomed a raft of world-first barnyard creatures. Megan Molteni, Wired, "2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr," 28 Dec. 2020 He was known for being off by himself in the barnyard, staring fixedly at one particular wall. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 Until about a century ago, in a more agrarian time, the average dog was a fixture of the American barnyard. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Our Ancient Bond With Dogs," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lard has been beloved now and then but often tastes too barnyard-y. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 27 July 2019 Remlinger Farms Country Fair Fun Park ONGOING Barnyard animals, pony rides, steam train, kiddie rides, entertainment, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation; $12.76-$14.94 (425-333-4135 or remlingerfarms.com/index.htm). Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of barnyard

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Barnyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barnyard. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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barnyard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barnyard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of ground near a barn that usually has a fence around it

barnyard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of barnyard (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a farm
US, informal : not polite : somewhat crude or rude

barnyard

noun
barn·​yard | \ ˈbärn-ˌyärd How to pronounce barnyard (audio) \

Kids Definition of barnyard

: a usually fenced area next to a barn

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