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 or without object)

  1. to lodge in barracks.

verb (used without object)

  1. to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.

verb (used with object)

  1. to shout for or against.


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

verb British, Australian and NZ informal

  1. to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
  2. (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.

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