see also: Barrack
  • IPA: /ˈbæ.ɹək/

barrack (plural barracks)

  1. (military, chiefly, in the plural) A building for soldiers, especially within a garrison; originally referred to temporary huts, now usually to a permanent structure or set of buildings.
    • 1919, House Committee on Military Affairs, Army Reorganization: Hearings Before the Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, 66th Congress, 1st Session, on H.R. 8287, H.R. 8068, H.R. 7925, H.R. 8870, Sept. 3, 1919-Nov. 12, 1919, Parts 23-43, [|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&dq=%22barrack%22|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=spPLTtOWNrGNmQXTlcSmDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y page 1956],
      How do you distinguish between the disciplinary barracks and the penitentiary? Where are the disciplinary barracks ?
    • 1996, Jonathan Cape (translation copyright owner), Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, [|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=spPLTtOWNrGNmQXTlcSmDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barrack%22|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 129],
      I know the barracks at the training camp out on the moors.
  2. (chiefly, in the plural) primitive structure resembling a long shed or barn for (usually temporary) housing or other purposes
  3. (chiefly, in the plural) any very plain, monotonous, or ugly large building
  4. (US, regional) A movable roof sliding on four posts, to cover hay, straw, etc.
  5. (Ireland, colloquial, usually, in the plural) A police station.
Translations Translations
  • German: Baracke
  • Russian: бара́к

barrack (barracks, present participle barracking; past and past participle barracked)

  1. (transitive) To house military personnel; to quarter.
  2. (intransitive) To live in barracks.

barrack (barracks, present participle barracking; past and past participle barracked)

  1. (British, transitive) To jeer and heckle; to attempt to disconcert by verbal means.
    • 2009, Jimmy Greaves, The Heart of the Game, [|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=8qLLTvetMrHMmAXR_7SiDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      Its basic tenet was to say that if those Arsenal supporters who barracked the board at home games could do any better, let them come forward, put some money in the club, and have a go at being directors themselves. In short, ‘Put up or shut up’, which, of course, only encouraged Johnny and One-armed Lou to heckle the Arsenal board even more. Dear old Dennis, he had no idea the barracking he and his fellow Arsenal directors suffered at every home game came from Spurs supporters.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, intransitive) To cheer for or support a team.
    • 2010, John Cash, Joy Damousi, Footy Passions, [|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=P5zLTp_SGOKziQej2OXQDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&sqi=2&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 75],
      ‘So to me barracking for the footy I identified with my father, although nobody barracked for Essendon.’
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.

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