Definition of farmyard in English:



  • 1A yard surrounded by farm buildings.

    • ‘He also urged farmers to regularly inspect drains and watercourses downstream of the farmyard once silage making begins.’
    • ‘They turned the field into a farmyard - complete with poultry, geese, rabbits, dogs and quad bikes.’
    • ‘The bloke has done some job converting their garden into a little farmyard.’
    • ‘It can take up to a year to reopen paths across farmyards of formerly infected farms.’
    • ‘The farmyard is covered with houses now, and the fruit trees blew down in storms a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘They are located at one end of the farmyard and are used for the purposes of a milking parlour, dairy, calf shed and granary.’
    • ‘The disappearance of chickens in many farmyards and back gardens must have reduced the availability of food.’
    • ‘Many renovated their farmyards and erected new livestock housing and waste storage facilities to comply with the stringent standards that is required to participate in the scheme.’
    • ‘The surest way to do this on a modern farm is to keep children out of farmyards or where there are other dangers such as livestock.’
    • ‘It seems to me that the vehicular access route across the farmyard and the re-organisation of the farmyard could be determined with further negotiations.’
    • ‘Locally, it may be expected not only in gardens, but also in farmyards, sand-dunes, thickets, hedgerows and woodlands.’
    • ‘The judges were very impressed by the well-kept farm entrance and the high quality of buildings around the farmyard.’
    • ‘Viewed from a distance through binoculars, the farm buildings were hidden in places by scaffolding and there were heaps of building materials visible all over the farmyard.’
    • ‘A strong emphasis of the judging will be on litter control in the farmyard, farm entrances, fields and watercourses.’
    • ‘Caryatids hold up the entrance to a barn and the former farmyard is littered with modern sculpture.’
    • ‘Bluebirds may also choose to nest in farmyards, feed lots and other areas where humans and cattle are found together.’
    • ‘The protesters, who have been talking about repeating the exercise this Wednesday, should keep their tractors in the farmyard.’
    • ‘On the left hand side of the farmyard stood a fifties-built bungalow with a neat front lawn and potted geraniums on the porch.’
    • ‘Permitted visitors should be asked to park cars/vehicles in the residential area of the farm away from the farmyard itself.’
    • ‘To be sure, there was a gender division of labour: for example, in agriculture women worked in the farmyard and sold produce at the local market, while men ploughed the fields and dealt in livestock at fairs.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier] Denoting coarse speech or behaviour:
      ‘he insulted them in farmyard language’
      • ‘Yet, predictably, there is no consensus across the political spectrum, just the usual bickering and farmyard squabbling.’
      vulgar, crude, rude, off colour, offensive, dirty, filthy, smutty, obscene, indelicate, improper, indecent, indecorous, unseemly, crass, tasteless, lewd, prurient
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