barracuda

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noun bar·ra·cu·da \ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də, ˌba-rə-\

Definition of barracuda

plural

barracuda

or

barracudas

  1. 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. 2 :  one that uses aggressive, selfish, and sometimes unethical methods to obtain a goal especially in business

Examples of barracuda in a sentence

  1. The company's lawyers are a bunch of barracudas.

  2. <the governor-elect is too nice and easygoing, so he'll need a barracuda as his chief of staff>

Origin and Etymology of barracuda

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1678


BARRACUDA Defined for English Language Learners

barracuda

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noun bar·ra·cu·da \ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də, ˌba-rə-\

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

barracuda

noun bar·ra·cu·da \ˌber-ə-ˈkü-də\

Definition of barracuda for Students

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



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