Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To house (soldiers, for example) in quarters.
  • n. A building or group of buildings used to house military personnel. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A large, unadorned building used for temporary occupancy. Often used in the plural.
  • intransitive v. Chiefly British To jeer or shout at a player, speaker, or team.
  • intransitive v. Australian To shout support for a team.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To shout against; jeer at.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A building for soldiers, especially within a garrison; originally referred to temporary huts, now usually to a permanent structure or set of buildings.
  • n. primitive structure resembling a long shed or barn for (usually temporary) housing or other purposes
  • n. any very plain, monotonous, or ugly large building
  • n. A movable roof sliding on four posts, to cover hay, straw, etc.
  • n. A police station.
  • v. To house military personnel; to quarter.
  • v. To live in barracks.
  • v. To jeer and heckle; to attempt to disconcert by verbal means.
  • v. To cheer for a team; to jeer at the opposition team or at the umpire (after an adverse decision).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A building for soldiers, especially when in garrison. Commonly in the pl., originally meaning temporary huts, but now usually applied to a permanent structure or set of buildings.
  • n. A movable roof sliding on four posts, to cover hay, straw, etc.
  • intransitive v. To live or lodge in barracks.
  • transitive v. To supply with barracks; to establish in barracks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To house in barracks; lodge in barracks, as troops.
  • To lodge or reside in barracks.
  • To jeer at or deride opponents; specifically, with for (like the equivalent United States slang root), to support, as a partizan, by cheers, shouts, and other demonstrations of approval, or by jeering at and noisily disturbing and interrupting the opposite side or party: as, to barrack for the school team.
  • n. A building for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison; a permanent building or range of buildings in which both officers and men are lodged in fortified towns or other places.
  • n. A large building, or a collection of huts or cabins, especially within a common inclosure, in which large numbers of men are lodged.
  • n. A straw-thatched roof supported by four posts, under which hay is kept, and which is capable of being raised or lowered at pleasure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lodge in barracks
  • v. laugh at with contempt and derision
  • n. a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel
  • v. spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

Etymologies

From French baraques, barracks, from Spanish barracas, soldiers' tents or huts.
Perhaps from Irish dialectal barrack, to brag; akin to brag.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French baraque; from Catalan barraca. (Wiktionary)

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