Definition of barracuda
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 : one that uses aggressive, selfish, and sometimes unethical methods to obtain a goal especially in business
Examples of barracuda in a Sentence
The company's lawyers are a bunch of barracudas.
the governor-elect is too nice and easygoing, so he'll need a barracuda as his chief of staff
Recent Examples of barracuda from the Web
Eligible fish in the spearfishing division include barracuda, cobia, grouper, jack crevalle, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, triggerfish and miscellaneous.
Sanders, who’s caught goliaths on mackerel, 5- to 10-pound jacks, half a barracuda and even a spadefish, uses 9-0 to 12-0 hooks, which are typically used to catch marlin and sharks.
On lookout duty on the deck of the Coast Guard cutter Waesche, Seaman Danielle Sanchez remembers spotting what looked like a silver barracuda gliding low through waves off the Central American coast.
At sunset, cocktail crowds fill the open-air Yellowfin Bar & Grill, decorated with an entertaining mural of Keys icons, from six-toed cats to barracuda.
Satoumi An is a tidy and humble ama hut where divers grill all manner of seafood—barracuda, Ise-ebi, scallops, squid, turban snails, and uni—over a fire pit.
Watch Hoover catch a barracuda while aboard a boat in Florida.
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Origin and Etymology of barracuda
First Known Use: 1678See Words from the same year
BARRACUDA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of barracuda for English Language Learners
: 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
BARRACUDA Defined for Kids
Definition of barracuda for Students
: any of several large fierce marine fishes of warm seas that have strong jaws and sharp teeth
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