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Definition of "bark" []

  • The harsh sound uttered by a dog. (noun)
  • A sound, such as a cough, that is similar to a dog's bark. (noun)
  • To utter a bark. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a sound similar to a bark: "The birds bark softly, sounding almost like young pups” ( Charleston SC News and Courier). (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak sharply; snap: "a spot where you can just drop in . . . without anyone's barking at you for failing to plan ahead” ( Andy Birsh). (verb-intransitive)
  • The loud abrupt usually harsh or gruff cry of a dog or any of certain other animals (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A similar sound, such as one made by a person, gun, etc (noun)
  • (of a dog or any of certain other animals) to make its typical loud abrupt cry (verb)
  • (of a person, gun, etc) to make a similar loud harsh sound (verb)
  • To say or shout in a brusque, peremptory, or angry tone (verb)
  • To advertise (a show, merchandise, etc) by loudly addressing passers-by (verb)

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Use "bark" in a sentence
  • "Most of these are true cinchona-trees, but there are also many kinds of the genus _Exostemma_, whose bark is collected as a febrifuge, and passes in commerce under the name of _Peruvian bark_."
  • "By all means the best feature of all in my grafting work is what I call the bark slot."
  • "Their bark is worse than their bite in other words."