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BARK, n.2, v. [bɑrk Sc.; bɛrk Lth. + ɑ, Peb.; bærk s.Sc.]

1. n. A cough of a hard rapid nature. Common in Sc.; the Concise Eng. Dict. marks it as slang. Ags. 1872  Kirriemuir Obs. (5 Jan.) 4/3:
Gotten a plague amon oor young fowk ithenoo. Disna ken futher it is the kinkhost or no, but they've an ill bark an' an ugly drawback wi'd.
Edb. 1933 2 :
He's had a sair bark a' day.

2. v.

(1) To cough. Bnff. 1933 2 :
Jeems's hoast's nae a grain better; he barket on a' nicht, an' I cudna get a wink o' sleep for 'im.

(2) To give warning. Abd. 1909  J. T. Jeannie Jaffray ii.:
Gif a' oor ministers barkit as faithfully as Robertson . . . we . . . wud ha'e been in oor ain Kirk this aifterneen.

Phrase: bark at the bar, make a noise at the door; hence, to plead. Abd. 1929 1 :
Ye can bark at the bar til mornin'.

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