- 1[intransitive] bark (at somebody/something) when a dog barks, it makes a short loud sound The dog suddenly started barking at us. The dog was barking furiously at a cat.
- 2[transitive] to give orders, ask questions, etc. in a loud, unfriendly way bark out something She barked out an order. bark something (at somebody) He barked questions at her. + speech ‘Who are you?’ he barked.
- 3[transitive] bark something (British English) to rub the skin off your knee, etc. by falling or by knocking against something synonym graze I barked my shins when I fell on the steps. Word Originverb senses 1 to 2 Old English beorc (noun), beorcan (verb), of Germanic origin; possibly related to break. verb sense 3 Middle English: from Old Norse bǫrkr; perhaps related to birch.Idioms (informal) to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve something You're barking up the wrong tree if you're expecting us to lend you any money. (informal, saying) if somebody can do a task for you, there is no point in doing it yourself
BrE BrE//bɑːk//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bark
BrE BrE//bɑːk//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrk//he / she / it barks
BrE BrE//bɑːks//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrks//past simple barked
BrE BrE//bɑːkt//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrkt//past participle barked
BrE BrE//bɑːkt//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrkt//-ing form barking
BrE BrE//ˈbɑːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrkɪŋ//