Definition of barney in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːni

noun (plural barneys)

British informal
  • A quarrel, especially a noisy one: we had a barney about his being drunk
    More example sentences
    • Sharp and funny, this adaptation also sees Colin Firth and Hugh Grant square up for a comedy barney as love rivals.
    • Publication has been delayed repeatedly by barneys between the Department of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture.
    • We do have barneys, but I say it doesn't matter where it is, let's just have them.


mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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