Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bark v.2

[all fig. uses of SE]

1. to cough.

[UK]Examiner (London) Feb. 75 I: The play went on, amidst croaking, squeaking, barking [F&H].
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple I 254: You’ll get the smoke down your throat and begin barking ag’in.

2. to tout a shop or attraction; to work as a costermonger’s assistant; thus barking n. and occas. adj.

[UK]B. Bradshaw Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 35: As we turned down the Fleet market we were accosted by the usual sort of barking parsons, with ‘walk in and get married’.
[UK]W. Perry London Guide 98: Ladies’ clothes used to be barked pretty much [...] in the neighbourhood of Leicster Square.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 563: Ladies’ dresses also used to be barked in Cranbourn Alley.
[UK]‘’ in New Cockalorum Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) II 25: Then at night am working, burking, / Hocussing or carrying swag!
[UK]Blackburn Standard 16 May 4/1: ‘Drumming in New York’. ‘Drumming’ is a term which New Yorkers have invented to signify what we Englishers denominate ‘touting’ or ‘barking’ — that is to say looking out for customers.
[Ire] ‘Ax My Eye’ Dublin Comic Songster 101: Then at night am vorking burking, / Hocussing or kening svag!
[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 121: What put barkin’ into your head, Smiffield? [...] Father a coster, then?
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 301: Then I resumed my barking for Fatima.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Can Search Me 68: I’m only a silent partner in this concern, so you for the Bad Lands to do the barking for the show.
[US]S. Lewis Our Mr Wrenn (1936) 26: Picture? [...] Funny ain’t it? – me barking for ’em like I was the grandmother of the guy that invented ’em.
[US]T. Thursday ‘Missed in Missouri’ in Top-Notch 15 May [Internet] The grinders barked loudly enough to make a dog pound sound like a violin solo.
[US]N. Algren Somebody in Boots 346: He saw that the barking job was fairly permanent [...] He became proud of his barking, too.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 13: Barking at the Blue Note was a license to stand in one public spot for eight straight hours.

3. (UK Und.) to inform [underpinned by dog n.2 (1)].

[UK]Clarkson & Richardson Police! 321: To inform ... To come it, to bark.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 23 Dec. 8/2: It’s safe enuff of course, sir, / Them there boys they never bark.
Harlem Spartans ‘Kennington Where It Started’ [lyrics] Splash, splash, splash / Any man that them man barking with.

4. to fire a gun [ext. of SE bark, to make a sudden loud noise, esp. of gunfire].

[US]Number 1500 Life In Sing Sing 263: What does the greaser do but flash his rod and bark away. He plugged the main guy for keeps.

5. to hurt.

[UK]F. Norman in Sun. Graphic 10 Aug. in Norman’s London (1969) 27: About this time my plates of meat began to bark.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 116: ‘My puppies are barking’ = ‘My shoes are hurting’.

6. (US) to boast, to brag.

[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 3: When one is barking, he is bragging, blowing his horn, chest-beating about his greatness.

7. (also bark out, (orig. Aus./N.Z.) to vomit.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 135: As over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages may induce vomiting, the Lingo is well stocked with terms for this, including [...] bark.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 6: He’ll boot up, bark out vomit, and feel the high fade fast.

8. (US campus) to lie.

[US]Da Bomb [Internet] 2: Bark: [...] to lie.

In phrases

bark on (v.)

(US black) to attack verbally; to reprimand.

[US]G. Hayward Corruption Officer [ebook] Ch. 10: I stared at him like he was crazy and said, ‘Ya, see that’s why I barked on you the way that I did earlier. [...] I ain’t fucking my shit up for nothing!’.

In exclamations