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barney

[bahr-nee] /ˈbɑr ni/
noun, plural barneys.
1.
Informal.
  1. an argument.
  2. a prizefight.
  3. a fight or brawl.
  4. a blunder or mistake.
2.
a small locomotive used in mining and logging.
3.
Movie Slang. a heavily padded cover for a camera, used to reduce the camera noise so that it will not be picked up by the sound-recording equipment.
Origin of barney
1860-1865
1860-65; perhaps special uses of Barney

Barney

[bahr-nee] /ˈbɑr ni/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Bernard.

Oldfield

[ohld-feeld] /ˈoʊldˌfild/
noun
1.
Berna Eli
[bur-nuh] /ˈbɜr nə/ (Show IPA),
("Barney") 1878–1946, U.S. racing-car driver.
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  • Hampton, barney, and Neb Dumlow were the only men who sailed with us again.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • "It's barney Black and his wife," he answered, in a whisper.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • barney, after all, was to gain everything from what he had to tell him, and Lydia was to lose; how much was Lydia to lose?

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • I caught a glimpse of him at the club, that time when I went there with barney—Godfreys!

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This task he reserved for himself and barney, with the assistance of Mboyo and Samba.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for barney

barney

/ˈbɑːnɪ/
noun
1.
a noisy argument
verb (intransitive)
2.
(mainly Austral & NZ) to argue or quarrel
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

Oldfield

/ˈəʊldˌfiːld/
noun
1.
Bruce. born 1950, British fashion designer
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Word Origin and History for barney
n.

1859, British slang, "lark, spree, rough enjoyment," of uncertain origin. Later also "a fixed prize-fight."

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Slang definitions & phrases for barney

barney

noun

  1. A prizefight or race whose outcome has been prearranged; a fixed fight or race: looked like a barney, as if there were some collusion (mid-1800s+)
  2. A despised person; nerd

[1980s+ college students; second sense fr the name of a character in the TV show The Flintstones]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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barney in Technology


In Commonwealth hackish, "barney" is to fred as bar is to foo. That is, people who commonly use "fred" as their first metasyntactic variable will often use "barney" second. The reference is, of course, to Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in the Flintstones cartoons.
[Jargon File]
(1994-11-28)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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