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[bar-uh k]Australian British
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verb (used without object)
  1. to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.
verb (used with object)
  1. to shout for or against.

Origin of barrack2

1885–90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag
Related formsbar·rack·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for barracker


  1. to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks


verb British, Australian and NZ informal
  1. to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
  2. (intr foll by for) to shout support (for)
Derived Formsbarracker, nounbarracking, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from northern Irish: to boast
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Word Origin and History for barracker



1680s, "temporary hut for soldiers during a siege," from French barraque, from Spanish barraca (mid-13c. in Medieval Latin) "soldier's tent," literally "cabin, hut," perhaps from barro "clay, mud," which is probably of Celt-Iberian origin. Meaning "permanent building for housing troops" (usually in plural) is attested from 1690s.

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