Barking


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bark 1

 (bärk)
n.
1. The harsh sound uttered by a dog.
2. A sound, such as a cough, that is similar to a dog's bark.
v. barked, bark·ing, barks
v.intr.
1. To utter a bark.
2. To make a sound similar to a bark: "The birds bark softly, sounding almost like young pups" (Charleston SC News and Courier).
3. 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).
4. To work as a barker, as at a carnival.
v.tr.
To utter in a loud, harsh voice: The quarterback barked out the signals.
Idiom:
bark up the wrong tree
To misdirect one's energies or attention.

[From Middle English berken, to bark, from Old English beorcan.]

bark 2

 (bärk)
n.
1. The tough outer covering of the woody stems and roots of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. It includes all tissues outside the vascular cambium.
2. A specific kind of bark used for a special purpose, as in tanning or medicine.
tr.v. barked, bark·ing, barks
1. To remove bark from (a tree or log).
2. To rub off the skin of; abrade: barked my shin on the car door.
3. To tan or dye (leather or fabric) by steeping in an infusion of bark.
4. To treat (a patient) using a medicinal bark infusion.

[Middle English, from Old Norse börkr.]

bark′y adj.

bark 3

also barque  (bärk)
n.
1. A sailing ship with from three to five masts, all of them square-rigged except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged.
2. A small vessel that is propelled by oars or sails.

[Middle English barke, boat, from Old French barque, from Old Italian barca, from Latin; akin to Latin bāris, Egyptian flatbottom boat, from Greek, from Egyptian byr, br.]

barking

(ˈbɑːkɪŋ)
adj
mad; crazy
adv
(intensifier): barking mad.

Bar•king

(ˈbɑr kɪŋ)

n.
a borough of Greater London, England. 154,200.
Translations

barking

[ˈbɑːkɪŋ]
A. N [of dog] → ladrido m; [of fox] → aullido m
B. ADJ (Brit) barking (mad)chiflado, como una regadera

barking (mad)

adj (inf)total verrückt or übergeschnappt (inf), → völlig durchgeknallt (sl)

barking

[ˈbɑːkɪŋ] nabbaiare m
References in classic literature ?
Just let me go down to the barking dogs, and give me something that I can throw to them; they will do nothing to harm me.
Toto had disappeared from view, but they could hear him barking furiously among the heaps of grey rock ahead of them.
They moved forward a little faster to see what the dog was barking at, and found perched upon a point of rock by the roadside a curious creature.
A moment later he came dashing toward her, still barking.
Soon they reached a side path, and down this the little dog fairly flew, only to come back at once, whining and barking.
He was not required to wait long, for no sooner had he adopted this resolution, and risen in the boat, than he saw the deer coming bravely toward him, with an apparent intention of pushing for a point of land at some distance from the hounds, who were still barking and howling on the shore.
At one house a dog was barking, at another a woman, covering her head with her coat, came running from somewhere and entered the door of a hut, stopping on the threshold to have a look at the passing sledge.
Again they drove into the street and again it grew quiet, warm, and cheerful, and again they could see the manure-stained street and hear voices and songs and the barking of a dog.
Some of them howled lamentably at times, and every little while, as if it were all that remained for them to do in their narrow cells, all of them would break out into barking.
Long since, as one feature of his developing moroseness, he had ceased from barking.
Is he bewitched, that he stops barking suddenly and does not come back?
They jumped aside in a great fright, then all of them turned to follow the snake, saying that this was what the dog was barking at.