from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A large building, or a collection of huts or cabins, especially within a common inclosure, in which large numbers of men are lodged.
  • noun A straw-thatched roof supported by four posts, under which hay is kept, and which is capable of being raised or lowered at pleasure.
  • To house in barracks; lodge in barracks, as troops.
  • To lodge or reside in barracks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) 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.
  • noun Local, U.S. A movable roof sliding on four posts, to cover hay, straw, etc.
  • transitive verb To supply with barracks; to establish in barracks.
  • intransitive verb To live or lodge in barracks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French baraque; from Catalan barraca.


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