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barney is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of barney


  1. A student at Harvard University.
  2. A lark, a romp, some fun.
  3. A minor physical fight.
  4. A noisy argument.
  5. A poor recitation.
  6. A police officer, usually one perceived as inferior or overzealous.
  7. A hoax, a humbug, something that is not genuine, a rigged or unfair sporting contest.


  1. A surname based on the given names, or from the place name Barney, Old English "barn/barley island".
  2. A village in Norfolk, England.
  3. A city and village in North Dakota.
  4. A diminutive of the male given names Barnabas, Bernard,or Barnett.
  5. A male given name transferred from the surname, and a diminutive of Barnabas, Barnaby, Bernard, or Barnett.


  1. To recite badly; to fail.
  2. To argue, to quarrel.


  1. Insane crazy, loony.

barney frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word barney occurs in english on average 3.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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