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barney (ˈbɑːnɪ Pronunciation for barney (informal)



  1. a noisy argument

verb (intransitive)

  1. (mainly Australian & 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
If I were seeing you I would disagree sometimes, and have a good old barney with you, and that goes for correspondence too!
Davies, Russell (ed) The Kenneth Williams Letters
This week, the influential Broadcast and Cable magazine weighed into the spectacular barney , saying Stern has crossed the line.
Misc (1998)
We had a huge barney in the morning over how I wasn't spending enough time with her.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
`You'd better clean yourself up or they'll think we've been having a barney.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes


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