barney

Definitions

Slang

  • noun an argument, fight or disturbance. Perhaps surprisingly the origin of this common term is obscure. It is assumed to derive from the male forename, but the connection between Barnaby and brawl or scuffle is unclear.
  • noun
    (written as Barney)
    an unattractive male. This pejorative term for a boy who is not categorised as a Baldwin was featured in the 1994 US film Clueless. The reason for the choice of proper name is uncertain, but may be inspired by the character Barney Rubble in the cartoon series and film The Flintstones, hence a primitive person. The term was still in use in 2004.
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