bark


bark
bark1 [ba:k US ba:rk] v
[: Old English; Origin: beorcan]
1.)
when a dog barks, it makes a short loud sound or series of sounds
→↑growl bark at
The dog always barks at strangers.
2.) [i]also bark out [T]
to say something quickly in a loud voice
bark at
'Don't just stand there, give me a hand,' she barked at the shop assistant.
3.) bark up the wrong tree informal
to have a wrong idea, or do something in a way that will not give you the information or result you want
The police spent three months barking up the wrong tree on the murder investigation.
4.) [T]
to rub the skin off your knee, elbow etc by falling or knocking against something
= ↑graze
I barked my shin against the step.
bark 2
bark2 n
[Sense: 1, 3-4; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: BARK1]
[Sense: 2; Date: 1200-1300; : Old Norse; Origin: börkr]
1.)
the sharp loud sound made by a dog
2.) [U]
the outer covering of a tree
3.)
a loud sound or voice
Amy's voice was a hoarse bark.
4.) sb's bark is worse than their bite
used to say that someone who seems unpleasant or difficult to deal with, is not really too bad

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • bark — bark1 [bärk] n. [ME < ON bǫrkr, akin to MLowG borke] 1. the outside covering of the stems and roots of trees and woody plants 2. some kinds of this matter used in tanning, dyeing, etc. 3. CINCHONA vt. 1. to treat with a bark infusion, as in… …   English World dictionary

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  • bark — Ⅰ. bark [1] ► NOUN ▪ the sharp explosive cry of a dog, fox, or seal. ► VERB 1) give a bark. 2) utter (a command or question) abruptly or aggressively. ● one s bark is worse than one s bite Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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