Definition of Barney
1. Proper noun. (given name male from=surnames), and a diminutive of Barnabas, Barnaby, Bernard, or Barnett. ¹
2. Proper noun. (surname from=Old English dot=) based on the given names, or from the place name Barney, (etyl ang) "barn/barley island". ¹
3. Noun. (UK Australia slang) A noisy argument. ¹
4. Noun. (UK Australia slang) A minor physical fight. ¹
5. Verb. (UK Australia slang) To argue, to quarrel. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Barney
1. a noisy argument [n -NEYS]
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Literary usage of Barney
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1. Representative American Plays by Arthur Hobson Quinn (1917)
"barney. I was brought up in the service of the gentry, sir, all my life. ... barney. Faith! the wrong place for a Scotch marriage is the English side of the ..."
2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1909)
"The third allotment being for Samuel barney is bounded northerly on the land of Jonathan barney. The fourth allotment being Israel barney's is bounded ..."
3. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States by United States Supreme Court, William Cranch, Henry Wheaton, Richard Peters, Benjamin Chew Howard, Jeremiah Sullivan Black (1884)
"barney. 6th of January 1812, by which the 50000 acres, conveyed to him by Philip Harbour, were conveyed to Jolin Oliver. The deed contained a recital that ..."
4. The Wit and Humor of America by Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1911)
"barney McGEE BY RICHARD HOVEY barney McGee, there's no end of good luck in you, ... Girls be divine to you, barney McGee! Lucky the day when I met you ..."
5. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of by Lewis publishing company, Chicago, Ezra Scollay Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker (1908)
"The death of Mr. barney occurred in Grafton, 1817, aged eighty-three years. (Mention of John and descendants forms part of this article. ..."
6. History of the Portrait Collection, Independence National Historical Park by Doris Devine Fanelli (2001)
"1784-1793 barney was born in Baltimore on 6 July 1759. ... In 1775, barney volunteered for Revolutionary service as a master's mate, and he served on ..."
7. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1832)
"barney is certainly the oddest of all odd fishes, the very pink and ... In the hands of Power we fancy that barney might be transplanted to the stage ..."