- an animal or person that barks.
- a person who stands before a theater, carnival sideshow, or the like, calling out its attractions to passers-by.
Origin of barker1
Origin of barker2
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Examples from the Web for barker
“I definitely think she has the potential,” Barker told PEOPLE in March.The Famous Parents Modeling Club
May 28, 2014
Barker: When reality TV became popular, the public began thinking of documentaries as entertainment.
Barker: We showed the film to [Cannes director] Thierry Frémaux, who was in L.A.
Barker: Also, the Sundance Film Festival has proved key to exposing people to so many quality documentaries.
Barker: I think that Woody was also surprised that Blue Jasmine did as well as it did because it was so dark.
So help me, if I had had a barker I'd have fired a shot across your bows.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
"It's Mr. Barker," exclaimed one of the ladies, regarding me brightly.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Sea captains and ship owners were Stone & Barker's best customers.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
"The plundering was shameful," says Lieutenant Barker indignantly.
On the fifth of May Lieutenant Barker records the discovery of a "most shocking" plot.
- an animal or person that barks
- a person who stands at a show, fair booth, etc, and loudly addresses passers-by to attract customers
- a person or machine that removes bark from trees or logs or prepares it for tanning
- George (Granville). 1913–91, British poet: author of Calamiterror (1937) and The True Confession of George Barker (1950)
- Howard . born 1946, British playwright: his plays include Claw (1975), The Castle (1985), A Hard Heart (1992), and 13 Objects (2003)
- Ronnie, full name Ronald William George Barker . 1929–2005, British comedian: known esp for his partnership with Ronnie Corbett (born 1930) in the TV series The Two Ronnies (1971–85)
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Word Origin and History for barker
"noisy fellow," late 15c., agent noun from bark (v.). Specific sense of "loud assistant in an auction, store, or show" is from 1690s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper