Meaning of BARRACK in English

I. ˈbarək also ˈber- or -rik or -rēk noun

( -s )

Etymology: French baraque, from Middle French, from Old Catalan barraca

1. : a hut used for temporary shelter especially for soldiers

he lodged in a miserable hut or barrack composed of dry branches and thatched with straw — Edward Gibbon

2. or barracks plural but singular or plural in construction

a. : an often permanent building or set of buildings used especially for lodging soldiers in garrison

stepped into the barrack and blew his whistle — L.M.Uris

the dormitory where I was quartered was like an army barracks — John Cheever

b. : the regular quarters of the Salvationists

3. or barracks plural but singular or plural in construction

a. : a building or a group of buildings often like a shed or barn in structure and appearance that provides temporary housing (as for a group of workmen)

the construction gang occupied a wooden barrack on the site of the job

accommodated in a barely furnished barracks for commercial travelers — William Sansom

b. : a large building or set of buildings housing a number of people (as a crowded tenement house) that is characterized by extreme plainness or an air of dreary uniformity

the big house on the hill … and the factory barracks in the valley — W.A.White

the grim, toplofty barracks that we are now building — Lewis Mumford

4. Northeast : a structure with a movable roof sliding on four posts used to cover a hay or straw rick

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to lodge in barracks

buildings … used to barrack George Washington's troops in 1775 — Official Register of Harvard University

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

intransitive verb

chiefly Australia : to shout usually at a person or team engaged in a contest:

a. : jeer , heckle

had to undergo some barracking for playing slowly — P.F.Warner

b. : root , cheer

his game would lose a lot of its venom if the crowd were not barracking for him — Jack Crawford

transitive verb

chiefly Australia : to shout at derisively or sarcastically

the crowd started to barrack me and shout for me to kick the ball clear — Irish Digest

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.