bar·​ra·​cu·​da | \ ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də How to pronounce barracuda (audio) , ˌba-rə- \
plural barracuda or barracudas

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

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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 on the Web Consider pairing with a hearty fish such as barracuda. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Pair with a fried fish with character—such as barracuda, or a shrimp and lime platter. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Baby barracuda seek shelter in mangrove roots while the larger ones swim the shallow waters nearby. Angie Dimichele,, 28 Sep. 2021 Second place receives a fabulous soft rubbery hand puppet depicting a, well, some indeterminate aquatic creature; guesses included a shark, barracuda, alligator and dinosaur. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 The barracuda were slow to acclimate to Wu’s presence. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Known more for their hunting prowess than their hospitality, the barracuda were slow to acclimate to the photographer’s presence. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Divers often get a chance to see sharks and schools of barracuda. John Christopher Fine,, 31 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, scuba-divers head to the Throne Room, where a large 50-foot wide cave unveils coral reef and an array of sting rays, snappers, barracuda, turtles, and eels. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of barracuda

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barracuda

American Spanish

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bar·​ra·​cu·​da | \ ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də \

Kids Definition of barracuda

: any of several large fierce marine fishes of warm seas that have strong jaws and sharp teeth

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