1 [bar-uhk]
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 object), verb (used without object)
to lodge in barracks.

1680–90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin Unabridged


2 [bar-uhk] 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.

1885–90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag

barracker, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
barrack1 (ˈbærək)
to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks

barrack2 (ˈbærək)
vb (foll by for)
1.  to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
2.  to shout support (for)
[C19: from northern Irish: to boast]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1680s, "temporary hut for soldiers during a siege," from Fr. barraque, from Sp. barraca (1249) "soldier's tent," lit. "cabin, hut," perhaps from barro "clay, mud," which is probably of Celt-Iberian origin. Meaning "permanent building for housing troops" (usually in plural) is attested from 1690s.
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Example sentences
Parade ground and barrack square maneuvers are of no earthly consequence in real war.
The place was all a huge barrack, and evidently had been for weeks, from the look of the floor and walls.
The soldier wishes them a good evening, turns around, and leaves the barrack.
The ghost town has several residences and barrack-type accommodations, as well as the remains of a few commercial establishments.
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