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barrack2

[bar-uh k] /ˈbær ək/ Australian British
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 of barrack2
1885-1890
1885-90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag
Related forms
barracker, noun

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
1680-90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin
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barracks

/ˈbærəks/
plural noun (sometimes singular; when pl, sometimes functions as singular)
1.
a building or group of buildings used to accommodate military personnel
2.
any large building used for housing people, esp temporarily
3.
a large and bleak building
Word Origin
C17: from French baraque, from Old Catalan barraca hut, of uncertain origin

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 barracks
n.

plural, and usual, form of barrack (q.v.).

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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