[ krak-er-bar-uhl ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby cracker-barrel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cracker-barrel in a sentence

  • The boy climbed again upon a cracker barrel and tried to look unconcerned and interested in the talk.

    Windy McPherson's Son | Sherwood Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for cracker-barrel


  1. US rural; rustic; homespun: a cracker-barrel philosopher

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