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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Whether or not we have a right old barney depends on how it is handled.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context UK Australia Cockney rhyming slang English) A noisy argument. 2 (context UK Australia Cockney rhyming slang English) A minor physical fight. vb. (context UK Australia Cockney rhyming slang English) To argue, to quarrel. Etymology 2

n. (context United States pejorative slang English) A police officer, usually one perceived as inferior or overzealous.

Barney, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 69
Housing Units (2000): 28
Land area (2000): 0.159546 sq. miles (0.413221 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.159546 sq. miles (0.413221 sq. km)
FIPS code: 04940
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 46.267428 N, 97.000220 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 58008
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Barney, ND

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Barney (dog)

Barney Bush (birth name Bernard Bush; September 30, 2000 – February 1, 2013) was a Scottish Terrier owned by former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. Barney had his own official web page which redirected to an extension of the White House website. Barney was born in New Jersey and he was often referred to as the "First Dog".

Barney (TV series)

Barney is a short-lived British Children's BBC television programme centered on the main characters Barney and Roger. Despite attracting a cult following in the UK, it was considered a relative commercial failure and the show only lasted one series.

Barney (film)

Barney is a 1976 Australian film for children set during the convict era. A 12-year-old boy and a convict are shipwrecked together.

It was also known as Lost in the Wild.

Barney (surname)

Barney is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Albert B. Barney (1835-1910), American politician
  • Albert W. Barney, Jr. (1920–2010), Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
  • Alice Pike Barney (1857–1931), American painter
  • Charles D. Barney (1844–1945), American stockbroker and founder of the firm of Charles D. Barney & Co.
  • Darwin Barney (born 1985), second baseman for the Chicago Cubs baseball team
  • George Barney (1792–1862), Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of North Australia
  • John Barney (1785–1857), U.S. Congressman from Maryland
  • Joseph Barney (1753–1832), British painter
  • Joseph Nicholson Barney (1818–1899), Confederate Navy officer during the American Civil War
  • Joshua Barney (1759–1818), commodore in the United States Navy
  • Keith Barney (born 1979), guitarist from Eighteen Visions
  • Lem Barney (born 1945), Hall of Fame former American National Football League player
  • Maginel Wright Enright Barney (1881–1966), children's book illustrator
  • Matthew Barney (born 1967), sculptor and film artist
  • Milton Barney (born 1963), American football player
  • Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972), writer and salonist
  • Rex Barney (1924–1997), pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team
  • Scott Barney (born 1979), ice hockey player
  • Tina Barney (born 1945), US photographer
Barney (given name)

Barney is a masculine given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • Barney Aaron (1800–1850), English-born American Hall of Fame lightweight bare-knuckle boxer
  • Young Barney Aaron (1836–1907), English-born American bare-knuckle boxer; son of Barney Aaron
  • Barney Barnato (1851–1897), British mining entrepreneur, one of those who gained control of diamond, and later gold, mining in South Africa
  • Barney Berlinger (1908–2002), American decathlete
  • Barney Bigard (1906–1980), American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist
  • Barney Danson (1921–2011), Canadian politician and cabinet minister
  • Barney Dreyfuss (1865–1932), owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team
  • Barney Frank (born 1940), US Representative
  • Barney Harwood (born 1979), Blue Peter presenter
  • Barney Kessel (1923–2004), American jazz guitarist
  • Barney Lebrowitz (1891–1949), better known as " Battling Levinsky", American Hall of Fame world champion light heavyweight boxer
  • Barney Martin (1923–2005), American actor
  • Barney McCosky (1917–1996), Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Barney Oldfield (1878–1946), American automobile racer and pioneer
  • Barney Pelty (1880–1939), American Major League Baseball player
  • Barney Poole (1923–2005), National Football League player
  • Barney Ross (1909–1967),American Hall of Fame world champion lightweight and junior welterweight boxer born Dov-Ber Rasofsky
  • Barney Rosset (1922–2012), owner of the publishing house Grove Press, and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Evergreen Review
  • Barney Sedran (1891–1964), Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Barney E. Warren (18671951), American Christian hymnwriter and minister
  • Barney Wilen (1937–1996), French saxophonist

Usage examples of "barney".

Barney said reflexively, and resumed his tinkering with the defective autonomic scoop.

Barney and the girl remounted and the little cavalcade moved forward through the ballium and the great gate into the court beyond.

But when he got the water of life down the common sewer, he bullyragged so antiscripturally that the barney hipped and nabbed the rust.

Barney and Old Jimmie talked to each other as the taxicab bumped through the cobbled streets, their talk being for the most part maledictions against Larry Brainard.

Barney, red in the face and spluttering, had suddenly thumped his fist on the floor, caught his breath trying to say something, and collapsed into a thunderous fit of coughing.

Withers surfaced again, coughing and spluttering, and Barney hesitated, the grail still held over his head.

CHAPTER XIII When Maggie rode away forever from the house of the Duchess with Barney Palmer and her father, after the denunciation of Larry by the three of them as a stool and a squealer, she was the thrilled container of about as many diversified emotions as often bubble and swirl in a young girl at one and the same time.

Barney and Old Jimmie took you away to begin your new career--the same night that I ran away from those gunmen who thought I was a squealer, and from Casey and Gavegan.

TV and a stripy blouse makes the screen go crazy, so I change into a dark red cashmere sweater I bought the same week at Barneys warehouse sale.

Barney stayed back, sharing no more than a deep sigh with the old townie until after his brother, the girl, and the freak rounded the side of the rundown colonial.

At the beginning of the trial, Barney waived his opening statement, reserving it for the start of his defense.

Barry was right about that--domestic animals were not allowed in Bonita Vista--and she thought of poor Barney, buried on the east side of the house.

Barney basket, attach some organizer clips to your kitchen corkboard, fasten the basket to the clips.

Adamski made certain that men were approaching before waking Barney, who had assigned one man from each squad with their dogs to quietly take up their positions according to our plan.

Barney Groves, the haughward, or impounder of stray cattle at Eton, is one of the most singular characters I have ever met with.