Definition of cracker-barrel in English:

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[attributive] North American
(Of an outlook or point of view) plain, simple, and unsophisticated: his cracker-barrel philosophy
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  • Southern country-boy coaches were about the last of the nation's cracker-barrel philosophers.
  • With its chocolate box cinematography and cracker-barrel philosophising, the film is the worst kind of period drama.
  • Behind the stereotype of the genial, cracker-barrel philosopher is a story of avarice, resentment, and political awakening.


Late 19th century: with reference to the barrels of soda crackers once found in country stores, around which informal discussions would take place between customers.

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