Barnaby meaning

bärnəbē
(person, proper) A masculine name.
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1985, Gregory Sass, Redcoat, page 28.

It was a regular Barnaby dance; I'd never seen anyone move so quickly. Before the culprit bolted out the door into the night,

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1996, Jo Ann Ferguson, Miss Charity's Case, page 182.

"Owell gave me this. Said to get it to you in a Barnaby dance. 'Ere it is." His tongue scraped across his lower lip as he stared at Charity.

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2009, Julia Golding, The Diamond of Drury Lane, page 434.

We were now doing a strange sort of Barnaby dance: shuffling to and fro as I blocked his attempts to set off in pursuit.

"No. Sadly, Pedro Hawkins died of a fever last Monday. That was the understudy you saw."

"Balderdash!

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A male given name, from the medieval vernacular form of Barnabas.
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