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barrack1

[bar-uh k] /ˈbær ək/
noun, Usually, barracks
1.
a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison.
2.
any large, plain building in which many people are lodged.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to lodge in barracks.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin

barrack2

[bar-uh k] /ˈbær ək/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.
verb (used with object)
2.
to shout for or against.
Origin
1885-90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag
Related forms
barracker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for barracking

barrack1

/ˈbærək/
verb
1.
to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks

barrack2

/ˈbærək/
verb (Brit & Austral, NZ, informal)
1.
to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
2.
(intransitive) foll by for. to shout support (for)
Derived Forms
barracker, noun
barracking, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from northern Irish: to boast
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Word Origin and History for barracking

barrack

n.

1680s, "temporary hut for soldiers during a siege," from French barraque, from Spanish barraca (mid-13c. in Medieval Latin) "soldier's tent," literally "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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