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[krak-er-bar-uh l] /ˈkræk ərˌbær əl/
of or suggesting the simple rustic informality and directness thought to be characteristic of life in and around a country store:
homespun, cracker-barrel philosophy.
Origin of cracker-barrel
1875-80, Americanism; adj. use of cracker barrel, around which rural people supposedly converse in old-style country stores Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The widow emptied a cracker-barrel and put the ore at the bottom, and then tumbled the crackers in on top of the ore.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • One day John, the cook, seized the cracker-barrel, intending to put it into a different corner.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • “Well, I reckon,” answered Billy, reaching into a cracker-barrel and abstracting some odds and ends of hardtack.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for cracker-barrel


(US) rural; rustic; homespun: a cracker-barrel philosopher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cracker-barrel



  1. Unsophisticated; basic: a cracker-barrel philosophy
  2. Intimate; gossipy: a cracker-barrel discussion of family

[1877+; fr the archetypical image of rural discussants sitting on or around the cracker barrel in the general store]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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