Verb bark Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


bark (third-person singular simple present barks, present participle barking, simple past and past participle barked)

  1. (intransitive) To make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs (said of animals, especially dogs).
  2. (intransitive) To make a clamor; to make importunate outcries.
  3. (transitive) To speak sharply.
Usage notes

Historically, bork existed as a past tense form and borken as a past participle, but both forms are now obsolete.

Derived terms
terms derived from bark verb
to make a loud noise (dogs)
to make a clamor
to speak sharply
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More definition:

1.the abrupt, harsh, explosive cry of a dog.

2.a similar sound made by another animal, as a fox.

3.a short, explosive sound, as of firearms, the bark of a revolver.

4.a brusque order, reply, etc., The foreman's bark sent the idlers back to their machines.

5.a cough.

6.(of a dog or other animal) to utter an abrupt, explosive cry or a series of such cries. make a similar sound, The big guns barked. speak or cry out sharply or gruffly, a man who barks at his children.

9.Informal. to advertise a theater performance, carnival sideshow, or the like, by standing at the entrance and calling out to passersby. cough.
1 utter in a harsh, shouting tone, barking orders at her subordinates.

2.bark at the moon, to protest in vain, Telling her that she's misinformed is just barking at the moon.1

3.bark up the wrong tree, to assail or pursue the wrong person or object; misdirect one's efforts, If he expects me to get him a job, he's barking up the wrong tree.

1.the external covering of the woody stems, branches, and roots of plants, as distinct and separable from the wood itself.

2.Tanning. a mixture of oak and hemlock barks.

3.candy, usually of chocolate with large pieces of nuts, made in flat sheets. rub off or scrape the skin of, as by bumping into something, to bark one's shins. remove a circle of bark from; girdle. cover, enclose, or encrust with or as if with bark. treat with a bark infusion; tan. strip the bark from; peel.

1.Nautical. a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on all but the aftermost mast, which is fore-and-aft-rigged.

2.Literary. a boat or sailing vessel.

1. the loud abrupt usually harsh or gruff cry of a dog or any of certain other animals

2. a similar sound, such as one made by a person, gun, etc

3. his bark is worse than his bite, he is bad-tempered but harmless verb

4. (intransitive) (of a dog or any of certain other animals) to make its typical loud abrupt cry

5. (intransitive) (of a person, gun, etc) to make a similar loud harsh sound

6. to say or shout in a brusque, peremptory, or angry tone, he barked an order

7. (US, informal) to advertise (a show, merchandise, etc) by loudly addressing passers-by

8. (informal) bark up the wrong tree, to misdirect one's attention, efforts, etc; be mistaken Word OriginOld English beorcan; related to Lithuanian burgěti to quarrel, growl bark2 /bɑːk/ noun
1. a protective layer of dead corky cells on the outside of the stems of woody plants

2. any of several varieties of this substance that can be used in tanning, dyeing, or in medicine

3. an informal name for cinchona verb (transitive)

4. to scrape or rub off skin, as in an injury

5. to remove the bark or a circle of bark from (a tree or log)

6. to cover or enclose with bark

7. to tan (leather), principally by the tannins in barks Word OriginC13, from Old Norse börkr; related to Swedish, Danish bark, German Borke; compare Old Norse björkrbirch bark3 /bɑːk/ noun
1. a variant spelling (esp US) of barque Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"tree skin," c.1300, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse borkr "bark," from Proto-Germanic *barkuz, which probably is related to birch and Low German borke. The native word was rind."any small ship," early 15c., from Middle French barque (15c.), from Late Latin barca (c.400 C.E.), probably cognate with Vulgar Latin *barica (see barge). More precise sense of "three-masted ship" (17c.) often is spelled barque to distinguish sound, Old English beorc, from bark (v.). Paired and compared with bite (n.) since at least 1660s; the proverb is older, "Timid dogs bark worse than they bite" was in Latin (Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet, Quintius Curtius).
in reference to a dog sound, Old English beorcan "to bark," from Proto-Germanic *berkanan (cf. Old Norse berkja "to bark"), of echoic origin. Related, Barked; barking. To bark up the wrong tree is U.S. colloquial, first attested 1832, from notion of hounds following the wrong scent.
bark is worse than his bite bark up the wrong tree also see,talk one's arm off (the bark off a tree) The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


He turned his attention to the fire and tucked another piece of bark into the bright coals.

The demon that was Ully gave a half-bark, half-roar before he smashed through the lab toward her.

A huge white sycamore skeleton sprawled on the gravel beach, its bark long gone.

Taran of Landis inched his way down the ancient tree, oblivious to the rough bark nipping at his moist skin.

An occasional sharp high bark soon revealed the source as a little gray squirrel.

The iron-bark of the eastern coast uplands is well known (Eucalyptus sideroxylon), and is so called from the hardness of the wood, the bark not being remarkable except for its rugged and blackened aspect.

Of the European kinds one of the most important and best marked forms is the white poplar or abele, P. alba, a tree of large size, with rounded spreading head and curved branches, which, like the trunk, are covered with a greyish white bark, becoming much furrowed on old stems. The leaves are ovate or nearly round in general outline, but with deeply waved, more or less lobed and indented margins and cordate base; the upper side is of a dark green tint, but the lower surface is clothed with a dense white down, which likewise covers the young shoots - giving, with the bark, a hoary aspect to the whole tree.

Can you see leaves and ferns and bark on the coal?

From the cave we have advanced to roofs of palm leaves, of bark and boughs, of linen woven and stretched, of grass and straw, of boards and shingles, of stones and tiles.

Meanwhile also came the chickadees in flocks, which, picking up the crumbs the squirrels had dropped, flew to the nearest twig and, placing them under their claws, hammered away at them with their little bills, as if it were an insect in the bark, till they were sufficiently reduced for their slender throats.

Through the hard century-old bark, even where there were no twigs, leaves had sprouted such as one could hardly believe the old veteran could have produced.

The blue-gray bandy legged dog ran merrily along the side of the road, sometimes in proof of its agility and self-satisfaction lifting one hind leg and hopping along on three, and then again going on all four and rushing to bark at the crows that sat on the carrion.

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