bar·​ra·​cu·​da ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də How to pronounce barracuda (audio)
plural barracuda or barracudas
: 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
: 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
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Word History


American Spanish

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of barracuda was in 1678

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“Barracuda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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bar·​ra·​cu·​da ˌbar-ə-ˈküd-ə How to pronounce barracuda (audio)
plural barracuda or barracudas
: any of several large fierce marine fishes of warm seas that have strong jaws and sharp teeth and that include some used for food

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