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barker1

[bahr-ker] /ˈbɑr kər/
noun
1.
an animal or person that barks.
2.
a person who stands before a theater, carnival sideshow, or the like, calling out its attractions to passers-by.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English berker, berkar. See bark1, -er1

barker2

[bahr-ker] /ˈbɑr kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that removes bark from trees.
2.
a person or thing that prepares bark for tanning.
Origin
1375-1425, earlier as surname; late Middle English. See bark2 (v.), -er1
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Examples from the web for barker
  • She is not generally a big barker outside of the car.
  • The smaller the dog, the more likely it will be a barker.
  • However, he's an obsessive barker in other contexts, and a citronella bark collar doesn't work on him.
  • It is the snake-oil salesman, or the carnival barker, or the hustling television minister.
  • But she's more of a spastic barker and whiner when she sees prey, so this was obviously different.
  • She is nothing more than an ignorant side show barker.
  • The more you change the message the more it comes across as a carnival barker or a used car lot.
British Dictionary definitions for barker

barker1

/ˈbɑːkə/
noun
1.
an animal or person that barks
2.
a person who stands at a show, fair booth, etc, and loudly addresses passers-by to attract customers

barker2

/ˈbɑːkə/
noun
1.
a person or machine that removes bark from trees or logs or prepares it for tanning

Barker

/ˈbɑːkə/
noun
1.
George (Granville). 1913–91, British poet: author of Calamiterror (1937) and The True Confession of George Barker (1950)
2.
Howard. born 1946, British playwright: his plays include Claw (1975), The Castle (1985), A Hard Heart (1992), and 13 Objects (2003)
3.
Ronnie, full name Ronald William George Barker. 1929–2005, British comedian: known esp for his partnership with Ronnie Corbett (born 1930) in the TV series The Two Ronnies (1971–85)
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Word Origin and History for barker
n.

"noisy fellow," late 15c., agent noun from bark (v.). Specific sense of "loud assistant in an auction, store, or show" is from 1690s.

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