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
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  • 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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