noun (plural barbies)informal, chiefly Australian /NZ
- I'm reliably informed that they ate… that they threw a few shrimps on the barbie, if you like, some barbecued prawns, an Asian salad, and char grilled beef was had by all.
- The barbecue is now such a part of our culture that, ‘fire up the barbie! ‘has almost become an Australian motto.’
- Update 10 am Saturday, change of plans, got a phone call last night, I am having some Friends and Family over for a barbie this evening, I will take my daytrip to Geelong on Sunday - Yeah!
(also Barbie doll)
1A doll representing a conventionally attractive young woman.
- On the plus side, I'd won a Barbie doll and the Barbie doll car to go with it.
- A Barbie doll can be nothing but a Barbie doll, leaving no room for the imagination, while building blocks can become anything you like.
- Toys ‘R’ Us is selling a toy building styled on a Barbie doll's house with four rooms including lifelike furniture.
1.1 informal A young woman who is glossily attractive but apparently characterless or unintelligent: he was arm in arm with a red-headed Barbie doll in a fur coat Barbie doll wives
More example sentences
- Yet here I was, sitting with my idiotic best friend and some blonde Barbie doll.
- She simply never convinced me at all that she was her character; she looked like a Barbie doll stuck in the role.
- I thought you'd be able to look past Annie and her Barbie doll beauty and see what was right in front of you.
1950s: diminutive of the given name Barbara.
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