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 Uncrowded above the waves, down under is busy with a kaleidoscope of barracuda, parrotfish and squid that hang out towards the inlet. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 Or lean over the rail and count needlefish, barracuda, and the odd tarpon., "“I’m not doing this again. Find another cook.” So the search began for an alternative family vacation. Dude ranches. Cruises. Safaris. We couldn’t reach a consensus.," 17 Oct. 2019 A half-shark, half-octopus battles a half-pterodactyl, half-barracuda. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Suddenly, from beneath the surface, a pink-skinned, orange-haired monster appears, succeeded soon afterward by another creature, with striped arms, an orchid on its head, and a barracuda dangling from its fishlike mouth. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "In Chicago, Overlooked Achievements by L.G.B.T.Q. Artists," 2 Aug. 2019 Above, unloading the catch that includes tuna, barracuda, sailfish and kingfish. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Middle East Power Struggle Plays Out on New Stage," 1 June 2018 Giant Nile crocodiles, aggressive bull sharks and enormous barracudas are all frequently spotted in the lagoon. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "A Next-Level Safari Vacation: The Africa Few Adventurers See," 9 May 2018 Snorkelers have seen a variety of creatures, including large barracuda and tarpon. Bob Rountree And Bonnie Gross,, "Explore Florida's Monroe County: Florida Keys offers miles of snorkeling grandeur," 6 May 2018 The island’s sole eateries are the Cotton House’s Beach Café and more formal Veranda restaurant, both turning out creative takes on Caribbean-style fare—don’t miss the barracuda sashimi and award-winning wine list at Veranda. Dan Q. Dao, GQ, "Your Guide to Mustique, the Private Caribbean Island Where You Can Stay in David Bowie's Former Villa," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of barracuda was in 1678

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2 Dec 2019

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“Barracuda.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of barracuda

: a kind of fierce tropical fish that has strong jaws and sharp teeth
US, informal + disapproving : someone who uses aggressive, harsh, and sometimes improper ways to achieve something


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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