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[bahrn-yahrd] /ˈbɑrnˌyɑrd/
Also called barnlot. a yard next to or surrounding a barn.
of, relating to, or typical of a barnyard:
barnyard noises; simple paintings of barnyard life.
indecent; smutty; vulgar:
His barnyard humor made us all blush.
Origin of barnyard
1505-15; barn1 + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for barnyard
  • He can then start his day all by himself in the barnyard hours without disturbing any one, and in comfort to himself.
  • As walls tumble, boundaries fray and the line between house and barnyard melts away.
  • Brady's method of disposing of this species of the barnyard cultivation has gotten him into a peck of trouble.
  • No expense has been spared in furnishing extras, props and barnyard animals for the bazaar scenes.
  • Between formal sessions in the barn, the attendees mill around the barnyard or sit at picnic tables.
  • That's what you want to know when you train a dog or ride a horse or try to catch a barnyard goose.
  • The comedy show includes magicians, fire-eaters, live country and gospel music and barnyard animals.
  • There is also a comedy routine involving barnyard animals that is especially appealing to children.
  • Guests can hike the campground's nature trails, visit the barnyard zoo or try the seasonal pool.
  • Children see daily farm chores and barnyard animals at this living history museum and historic pioneer farm.
British Dictionary definitions for barnyard


a yard adjoining a barn, in which farm animals are kept
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of a barnyard
(modifier) crude or earthy: barnyard humour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barnyard

1510s, from barn + yard (n.1). Figurative of coarse or uncivilized behavior from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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