Barbie



a brand of doll representing a slim, shapely young woman, especially one with blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin.
Also called Barbie doll. a person, especially a young woman, perceived as blandly attractive and vacuous.
Contemporary Examples

Barbie Latza Nadeau on three newly named suspects—and whether Benedict will forgive his butler.
Will the Pope’s Former Butler, Paolo Gabriele, Pay in a Vatileaks Trial? Barbie Latza Nadeau July 23, 2012

“Barbie and Ken are celebrities, for better or for worse,” said Chidoni.
How Ken Won Barbie’s Heart Back Danielle Friedman February 13, 2011

Barbie is an unrealistic, unhealthy, insulting representation of female appearance.
Sexism Begins in the Toy Aisle Nancy Kaffer November 28, 2014

Barbie Latza Nadeau on how the case may shed light on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Has Natalee Holloway Suspect Struck Again? Barbie Latza Nadeau June 2, 2010

As for Barbie’s happiness with her original love, time and their Facebook statuses will tell.
How Ken Won Barbie’s Heart Back Danielle Friedman February 13, 2011

Historical Examples

He distorted the Barbie head, stretching it and squeezing it with the mouse.
Makers Cory Doctorow

“Well, I wish you’d say so to Barbie Wallace,” her voice sharpened.
The Million-Dollar Suitcase Alice MacGowan

Young Gourlay seemed bent on making good the prophecy of Barbie.
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

Barbie had found a cue which it was not slow to make use of.
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

He would pass the time till the prodigal came back—and he was almost certain to come back, for where could he go in Barbie?
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

noun
(informal, mainly Austral) short for barbecue
noun

barbecue
Word Origin

from barbe(cue)
Usage Note

Australian slang

1959, trademark name (reg. U.S.). Supposedly named after the daughter of its creator, U.S. businesswoman Ruth Handler (1916-2002); see Barbara.

noun

A barbecue: Put a shrimp on the barby for me/ which is sure to have Aussies everywhere ducking under their barbies (1980s+ Australian)

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