Etymology: Middle English berken, from Old English beorcan; akin to Old Norse berkja to bark, Lithuanian burgėti to growl
Date: before 12th century
a. to make the characteristic short loud cry of a dog
b. to make a noise resembling a bark
2. to speak in a curt loud and usually angry tone ; snap
1. to utter in a curt loud usually angry tone <an officer barking orders> 2. to advertise by persistent outcry <barking their wares> II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the sound made by a barking dog b. a similar sound 2. a short sharp peremptory tone of speech or utterance • barkless adjective III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse bark-, bǫrkr; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German borke bark Date: 14th century 1. the tough exterior covering of a woody root or stem; specifically the tissues outside the cambium that include an inner layer especially of secondary phloem and an outer layer of periderm 2. cinchona 2 3. a candy containing chocolate and nuts that is made in a sheet and broken into pieces • barkless adjective IV. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to treat with an infusion of tanbark 2. a. to strip the bark from b. to rub off or abrade the skin of <barked a shin on the desk> V. noun or barque Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French barque, from Old Occitan barca, from Late Latin Date: 15th century 1. a. a small sailing ship b. a sailing ship of three or more masts with the aftmost mast fore-and-aft rigged and the others square-rigged 2. a craft propelled by sails or oars
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.