v. [tr.] (often be barracked)
provide (soldiers) with accommodations in a building or set of buildings:
the granary in which the platoons were barracked.
v. [tr.] Brit. & Austral./NZ
jeer loudly at (someone performing or speaking in public) in order to express disapproval or to create a distraction:
opponents barracked him when he addressed the opening parliamentary session
[as n.] (barracking)
the disgraceful barracking which came from the mob.
∎ [intr.] (barrack for) Austral./NZ
give support and encouragement to:
I take it you'll be barracking for Labour tonight?
•elegiac • Newark • Lubbock
, haddock, paddock, shaddock
•Marduk • piddock • Norfolk • Suffolk
, pollack, pollock, rowlock
•bullock • hammock
, slummock, stomach
•Kilmarnock • Greenock • monarch
, barrack, Baruch, carrack
•tussock • Taoiseach • mattock
•havoc • bulwark • wazzock • Isaac
Originally a soldier's tent or cabin, it came to mean a building for the lodgement or residence of troops. It is usually given in the plural, as barracks
, indicating very large establishments.
(usu. in pl.) soldiers' quarters. XVII. — F. baraque
— Sp. barraca
soldiers' tent, of unkn. orig.
shout or jeer at. XIX. alt. of (Austral.) borak
sb. banter (Aboriginal word).