Pronunciation Noun

barney (plural barneys)

  1. (obsolete, UK, slang) A lark, a romp, some fun.
  2. (obsolete, UK, slang) A hoax, a humbug, something that is not genuine, a rigged or unfair sporting contest.
  3. (obsolete, Harvard University slang) A poor recitation. [c. 1810]
  4. (UK, Australia) A noisy argument.
  5. (UK, Australia) A minor physical fight.
  6. (US dialect, Boston) A student at Harvard University.


  1. (obsolete, UK, slang) insane crazy, loony.
Synonyms Verb

barney (barneys, present participle barneying; past and past participle barneyed)

  1. (obsolete, Harvard University slang) To recite badly; to fail. [c. 1810]
  2. (UK, Australia) To argue, to quarrel.
Synonyms Noun

barney (plural barneys)

  1. (United States, pejorative slang) A police officer, usually one perceived as inferior or overzealous.
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  • (GA) IPA: /ˈbɑɹni/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈbɑːni/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name, and a diminutive of Barnabas, Barnaby, Bernard, or Barnett.
  2. A male given name.
  3. Surname based on the given names, or from the place name Barney, Old English "barn/barley island".
  4. A city/and/village in North Dakota.
  5. A village in Norfolk, England.

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