barrow

1 [bar-oh]
noun
1.
a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, especially such a frame with projecting shafts at each end for handles; handbarrow.
3.
British. a pushcart used by street vendors, especially by costermongers.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bar(e)we, Old English bearwe; akin to Middle High German bere, bier, bear1

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barrow

2 [bar-oh]
noun
1.
Archaeology, tumulus ( def 1 ).
2.
Chiefly British. a hill (sometimes used in combination): Trentishoe Barrow in North Devon; Whitbarrow in North Lancashire.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English berw, beruh, bargh, berg(h), Old English beorg hill, mound; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German berg mountain, Old Norse bjarg, berg cliff, Armenian berdz height, Welsh bera heap; akin to Avestan bərəz-, bərəzant-, Sanskrit bṛhánt- high. See borough

barrow

3 [bar-oh]
noun
a castrated male swine.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English barowe, baru, Old English bearg; cognate with Old High German barug, Old Norse bǫrgr. Cf. bore1, whose meaning is close to the semantics of cutting or splitting (referring to castration)

Barrow

[bar-oh]
noun
1.
Also called Barrow-in-Furness [bar-oh-in-fur-nis] . a seaport in Cumbria, in NW England.
2.
the N tip of Alaska: the northernmost point of the U.S.
3.
a town in N Alaska, S of Barrow Point: site of a government science-research center.
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barrow1 (ˈbærəʊ)
 
n
1.  wheelbarrow See handbarrow
2.  Also called: barrowful the amount contained in or on a barrow
3.  chiefly (Brit) a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
4.  dialect (Northern English) concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
5.  dialect (Irish), (Scot) into one's barrow suited to one's interests or desires
 
[Old English bearwe; related to Old Norse bararbier, Old High German bāra]

barrow2 (ˈbærəʊ)
 
n
a heap of earth placed over one or more prehistoric tombs, often surrounded by ditches. Long barrows are elongated Neolithic mounds usually covering stone burial chambers; round barrows are Bronze Age, covering burials or cremations
 
[Old English beorg; related to Old Norse bjarg, Gothic bairgahei hill, Old High German berg mountain]

barrow3 (ˈbærəʊ)
 
n
a castrated pig
 
[Old English bearg; related to Old Norse börgr, Old High German barug]

Barrow (ˈbærəʊ)
 
n
1.  a river in SE Ireland, rising in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and flowing south to Waterford Harbour. Length: about 193 km (120 miles)
2.  Barrow-in-Furness See Barrow Point

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Word Origin & History

barrow
"vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded O.E. *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry" (see bear (v.)).

barrow
"mound," O.E. beorg (W.Saxon), berg (Anglian) "hill," from P.Gmc. *bergaz (cf. O.S., O.Fris., O.H.G. berg "mountain," O.N. bjarg "rock"), from PIE base *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. O.C.S. bregu "mountain, height," O.Ir. brigh "mountain," Skt. b'rhant "high," O.Pers. bard- "be high"). Obsolete except
in place-names and southwest England dialect by 1400; revived by archaeology. Barrow-wight first recorded 1891.
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barrow

in England, ancient burial place covered with a large mound of earth. In Scotland, Ireland, and Wales the equivalent term is cairn. Barrows were constructed in England from Neolithic (c. 4000 BC) until late pre-Christian (c. AD 600) times. Barrows of the Neolithic Period were long and contained the various members of a family or clan, while those of the Early Bronze Age (c. 1900 BC) were round in shape and were used to bury a single important individual, perhaps a chief or clan leader. The bodies were placed in stone or wooden vaults, over which large mounds of soil were heaped. Both types of barrows continued to be used in England until the advent of Christianity. Their sites are most common in the county of Wiltshire.

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They will be the barrow boys quick on their feet and lacking any scruples.
Again, so much depends upon a red wheel barrow your point of departure.
Hefting our suitcases into the barrow, he told us supper was waiting for us.
Italians can recognize snake oil salesmen and barrow boys when they see them and will trust them as far as they can throw them.
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