- The definition of bark is the protective skin of trees and plants that produces wood.
The covering on the outside of a tree is an example of bark.
- A bark is defined as a short loud sound made by a dog or some other animals, or is any sound that resembles the yipping sound of a dog.
A dog saying "woof" is an example of a bark.
- To bark means to woof or to make another sound like a dog makes.
An example of bark is when a dog looks up at the moon and goes "woof."
- the outside covering of the stems and roots of trees and woody plants
- some kinds of this matter used in tanning, dyeing, etc.
Origin of barkMiddle English from Old Norse b?rkr, akin to Middle Low German borke
- to treat with a bark infusion, as in leather tanning
- to take the bark off; specif., to girdle (a tree)
- Informal to scrape some skin off: to bark one's shin
- to make the characteristic sharp, abrupt cry of a dog
- to make a sound like this: the engine barked
- to speak or shout sharply; snap
- Informal to cough
- Slang to advertise a show, sale, etc. by shouting about it in public
Origin of barkMiddle English berken from Old English beorcan, akin to Old Norse berkja, of echoic origin, originally
- the sharp, abrupt sound made by a dog
- any sharp, abrupt sound or utterance like this
bark up the wrong tree
- Old Poet. any boat, esp. a small sailing boat
- a sailing vessel with its two forward masts square-rigged and its rear mast rigged fore and aft
Origin of barkMiddle English barke, probably via Portuguese or Medieval Latin barca (from source Old French barque) from LL, small boat: see barge
- The harsh sound uttered by a dog.
- A sound, such as a cough, that is similar to a dog's bark.
verbbarked, bark·ing, barks
- To utter a bark.
- To make a sound similar to a bark: “The birds bark softly, sounding almost like young pups” ( Charleston SC News and Courier )
- To speak sharply; snap: “a spot where you can just drop in … without anyone's barking at you for failing to plan ahead” ( Andy Birsh )
- To work as a barker, as at a carnival.
Origin of barkFrom Middle English berken to bark from Old English beorcan
- The tough outer covering of the woody stems and roots of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. It includes all tissues outside the vascular cambium.
- A specific kind of bark used for a special purpose, as in tanning or medicine.
transitive verbbarked, bark·ing, barks
- To remove bark from (a tree or log).
- To rub off the skin of; abrade: barked my shin on the car door.
- To tan or dye (leather or fabric) by steeping in an infusion of bark.
- To treat (a patient) using a medicinal bark infusion.
Origin of barkMiddle English from Old Norse börkr
- A sailing ship with from three to five masts, all of them square-rigged except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged.
- A small vessel that is propelled by oars or sails.
Origin of barkMiddle English barke boat from Old French barque from Old Italian barca from LatinLatin bāris Egyptian flatbottom boat from Greek from Egyptian byr, br
Ecuadorian tall ship Guayas