Language: Old English
Origin: beorcan


1 verb
1 [intransitive]HBAC when a dog barks, it makes a short loud sound or series of sounds [↪ growl]
bark at
The dog always barks at strangers.
2 also bark out [transitive] to say something quickly in a loud voice
bark at
'Don't just stand there, give me a hand,' she barked at the shop assistant.

bark up the wrong tree

informal to have a wrong idea, or do something in a way that will not give you the information or result you want:
The police spent three months barking up the wrong tree on the murder investigation.
4 [transitive]MI to rub the skin off your knee, elbow etc by falling or knocking against something [= graze]:
I barked my shin against the step.

Dictionary results for "bark"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.