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 or without object)
- to lodge in barracks.
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.
- to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks
verb British, Australian and NZ informal
- to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
- (intr foll by for) to shout support (for)
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.