abbaiare

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of onomatopoeic origin. Compare Latin baubor, Dalmatian bajur.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ab.baˈja.re/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Stress: abbaiàre
  • Hyphenation: ab‧ba‧ia‧re

Verb[edit]

abbaiare

  1. (of dogs and foxes) to bark
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto VI, lines 28–33, page 91:
      Qual è quel cane ch’abbaiando agogna, ¶ e si racqueta poi che ’l pasto morde, ¶ ché solo a divorarlo intende e pugna, ¶ cotai si fecer quelle facce lorde ¶ de lo demonio Cerbero, che ’ntrona ¶ l’anime sì, ch’esser vorrebber sorde.
      Such as that dog is, who by barking craves, and quiet grows soon as his food he gnaws, for to devour it he but thinks and struggles, the like became those muzzles filth-begrimed of Cerberus the demon, who so thunders over the souls that they would fain be deaf.
  2. (by extension, figuratively, of people) to yell, shout
    • 1551, Benedetto Varchi, transl., Della consolazione della filosofia [The Consolation of Philosophy], translation of De consolatione philosophiae by Boethius, published 1832, page 24:
      Poscia che io [] ebbi più tosto abbajato che detto queste cose, ella con piacevole viso, e niente per li miei lamenti alteratasi, disse: []
      After I had barked, rather than said, this, she, with a serene face, not at all upset at my lamentations, said: []

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Noun[edit]

abbaiare m (uncountable)

  1. barking
    Synonyms: abbaiamento, abbaio
    Si sentì un forte abbaiare di caniA loud barking of dogs was heard

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References[edit]

  • abbaiare in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana