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barney (ˈbɑːnɪ (informal)



  1. a noisy argument


verb (intransitive)

  1. (mainly Australian & and New Zealand) to argue or quarrel

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

Example Sentences Including 'barney'

I asked her if he was coming with us, and she says they've had a barney.
Gee, Maggie Lost Children
`You'd better clean yourself up or they'll think we've been having a barney.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes


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