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  • interjection Representing the sound of a dog's bark.


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  • They are unaware of the Unseen; and the full belly and the evening pipe, with their regular "arf an 'arf," is all they demand, or dream of demanding, from existence.


  • Gooin 'arf jus' 'fore de 'aapin', 'an leavin' 'er Dad short'anded ....

    Mrs. Miniver 1939

  • Post column, Will took on George H.W. Bush, saying: "The unpleasant sound Bush is emitting as he traipses from one conservative gathering to another is a thin, tinny 'arf'-the sound of a lap dog." 2009

  • Zowie (arf name arf Chris Phillips) picked me up arf danced with me.

    Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines 2009

  • The stuff I had was much better than the average fair and openly tried to emulate European styles and hardly was worth an "arf" or any other gagging noise.

    Old Apple Trees, Family Traditions and Apple Wine 2007

  • Basically, I'm a huge touch-whore, and I like the feel of skin on mine, so I'll just curl up for hours with my wife and make contented "arf" noises as I nestle in.

    Foreplay 2006

  • I say "arf" to indicate random emotions a lot, ranging from arfing happily (and unstoppably) when I am giddy, and arfing sadly whenever I feel crushed.

    God, I Love My Wife dtaylor 2005

  • [Twinkling] I shid zay glass o '' arf an '' arf's about yure form.

    A Bit O' Love John Galsworthy 1900

  • I knew a man in Valpiraso that 'ad spent' arf 'is life in prison-a jolly feller; I forget what

    Windows John Galsworthy 1900

  • [Twinkling] I shid zay glass o '' arf an '' arf's about yure form.

    Complete Plays of John Galsworthy John Galsworthy 1900


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