barber

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A barber cuts hair on the streets of Harbin, China.

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From Anglo-Norman barbour, from Old French barbeor, from barbe (beard), from Latin barba.

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barber (plural barbers)

  1. A person whose profession is cutting (usually male) customers' hair and beards.
  2. A barber surgeon, a foot soldier specializing in treating battlefield injuries.

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barber (third-person singular simple present barbers, present participle barbering, simple past and past participle barbered)

  1. to cut the hair or beard of (a person).
  2. (US, slang) To chatter, talk.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 29:
      ‘I shouldn't ought to barber with you. But when I like a guy, the ceiling's the limit.’

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From barbe +‎ -er; compare with familiar sense of raser which was its original meaning in Old French.

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barber

  1. (familiar) to bore someone
    • Le fait est qu'il ne perd aucune occasion de nous barber avec ses expériences dramatiques. (Claudel, Le Ravissement de Scapin, 1952)

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