Word Origin & History
"dog sound," O.E. beorcan, from P.Gmc. *berkanan (cf. O.N. berkja "to bark"), of echoic origin. Barker "noisy assistant in an auction or show" is from late 15c. To bark up the wrong tree is U.S. colloquial, first attested 1832, from notion of hounds following the wrong scent.