Definition of bark noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrk//
    [uncountable, countable] Plants
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  1. 1 the outer covering of a tree See related entries: Plants
  2. 2the short loud sound made by dogs and some other animals
  3. 3a short loud sound made by a gun or a voice a bark of laughter
  4. Word Originnoun senses 2 to 3 Old English beorc (noun), beorcan (verb), of Germanic origin; possibly related to break. noun sense 1 Middle English: from Old Norse bǫrkr; perhaps related to birch.Extra examples The bark peels off in summer. The dog gave a loud bark. The people strip the bark and use it in medicines.Idioms
    somebody’s bark is worse than their bite
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    (informal) used to say that somebody is not really as angry or as aggressive as they sound
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bark