bark1 [bahrk] /bɑrk/ Show IPA
the abrupt, harsh, explosive cry of a dog.
a similar sound made by another animal, as a fox.
a short, explosive sound, as of firearms:
the bark of a revolver.
a brusque order, reply, etc.:
The foreman's bark sent the idlers back to their machines.
verb (used without object)
(of a dog or other animal) to utter an abrupt, explosive cry or a series of such cries.
to make a similar sound:
The big guns barked.
to speak or cry out sharply or gruffly:
a man who barks at his children.
Informal. to advertise a theater performance, carnival sideshow, or the like, by standing at the entrance and calling out to passersby.
verb (used with object)
to utter in a harsh, shouting tone:
barking orders at her subordinates.
bark at the moon,
to protest in vain:
Telling her that she's misinformed is just barking at the moon.
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.
before 900; Middle English berken, Old English beorcan; akin to Old English borcian to bark, Old Norse berkja to bluster, Lithuanian burgė́ti to growl, quarrel, Serbo-Croatian br̀gljati to murmur
11. shout, bellow, yell, roar, bawl.