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bark 1

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
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.
To utter in a loud, harsh voice: The quarterback barked out the signals.
bark up the wrong tree
To misdirect one's energies or attention.

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

bark 2

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)
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.]


adj, -kier or -kiest
1. consisting of or being covered in bark
2. resembling bark in texture or appearance


(ˈbɑr ki)

adj. bark•i•er, bark•i•est.
1. containing or covered with bark.
2. resembling bark.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.barky - resembling the rough bark of a treebarky - resembling the rough bark of a tree; "the rattlesnake's barky scales"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
References in classic literature ?
They will get the poor barky," I stammered out suddenly, almost on the verge of tears.
I'd probably have a glass of advocaat (Warninks) in my hand to test this year's vintage and would probably be surrounded by my erratic, barky but loveable Dachshund Stanley, mousebothering black cat Merlin and faithful, sensible Jack Russell Maisie, wondering what the heck I was looking at.
Dog-friendly photo-booth, doggie tattoo shop and meet and greet areas with pet celebrities, canine heroes and Barky Barkefeller
GROUPER SANDWICH "I like my grouper with barky grill marks on it.
Yes, even with two quarreling sons, the ever-present low drone of our Xbox's explosive entertainments, two barky Chihuahuas and a neighbor who loves to mow his lawn/karaoke his heart out/rev his Harley every Sunday morning at 9, my house is an island of relative serenity.