[ bar-uh k ]
/ ˈbær ək /
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


bar·rack·er, noun

Definition for barracks (2 of 2)

[ bar-uh k ]
/ ˈbær ək /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for barracks (1 of 3)

/ (ˈbærəks) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for barracks (2 of 3)

/ (ˈbærək) /


to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks

British Dictionary definitions for barracks (3 of 3)

/ (ˈbærək) /

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 forms of barrack

barracker, nounbarracking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for barrack

C19: from northern Irish: to boast
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