[bar-uh k]Australian British

verb (used without object)

to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.

verb (used with object)

to shout for or against.

Origin of barrack

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


[bar-uh k]

noun Usually barracks.

a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison.
any large, plain building in which many people are lodged.

verb (used with or without object)

to lodge in barracks.

Origin of barrack

1680–90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barracks

Contemporary Examples of barracks

Historical Examples of barracks

  • No one is allowed to go out of barracks and no drink is allowed to come in.

  • Another post on the main, also, commanded the prisoners' barracks.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Some have been pulled down entirely, and the site used for gaols or barracks.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • He ordered the soldier to return immediately to the barracks.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He had moved from barracks to barracks, dragging on his brutifying military life.

British Dictionary definitions for barracks


pl n (sometimes singular; when plural, sometimes functions as singular)

a building or group of buildings used to accommodate military personnel
any large building used for housing people, esp temporarily
a large and bleak building

Word Origin for barracks

C17: from French baraque, from Old Catalan barraca hut, of uncertain origin




to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks



verb British, Australian and NZ informal

to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
(intr foll by for) to shout support (for)
Derived Formsbarracker, nounbarracking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for barrack

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

plural, and usual, form of barrack (q.v.).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper