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Also called barnlot. a yard next to or surrounding a barn.
of, relating to, or typical of a barnyard:
barnyard noises; simple paintings of barnyard life.
indecent; smutty; vulgar:
His barnyard humor made us all blush.
Contemporary Examples

When I went into the barnyard,” he explained later during an interview, “I never saw a chicken leading a group of turkeys.
Rahm and Race in Chicago Dirk Johnson January 3, 2011

On Tuesday morning, Chanel went where Chanel has never gone before: to the barnyard.
The Best of Paris Fashion Week Isabel Wilkinson October 6, 2009

This isn’t a comic, it’s a Beckett play with barnyard animals.
Less is Moo: The Genius of Gary Larson Tom Doran March 21, 2013

Historical Examples

The three rabbits watched the ducks until they were in the barnyard.
Bunny Rabbit’s Diary Mary Frances Blaisdell

It was as if their barnyard well had burst into a mighty, high-shooting geyser.
Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

It seldom visits a barnyard, but will occasionally catch a fowl that has strayed away from the protection of buildings.
Birds and Nature Vol. 9 No. 2 [February 1901] Various

But when he saw her at the barnyard gate, he was again in the dark as to her motive.
A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties Charles Major

If barnyard manure is not obtainable, use leaves, or grass-clippings—anything that will shade the soil and retain moisture well.
Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford

She sniffed, smiling, as she followed Phœbe and David down the path to the barnyard.
Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers

The primitive privy is reached by crossing a barnyard and is a favorite place for poultry which roost here.
Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile Henry Stephens

a yard adjoining a barn, in which farm animals are kept
(modifier) belonging to or characteristic of a barnyard
(modifier) crude or earthy: barnyard humour

1510s, from barn + yard (n.1). Figurative of coarse or uncivilized behavior from 1920.


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