Definition of barker in English:

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barker

Pronunciation: /ˈbärkər/

noun

informal
A person who stands in front of a theater, sideshow, etc., and calls out to passersby to attract customers.
Example sentences
  • Better still: as a DVD bonus, the folks at Something Weird also include a short unedited collection of newsreel footage showing real life sideshow performers and barkers from the thirties.
  • Economists, bankers, and executives equated ad men with sideshow barkers, while scientists considered psychologists no better than fortune-tellers.
  • The clearest example of Herzog's and presumably Büchner's point is the scene with the sideshow barker and his subjugated monkey in the silk and tassels of a high-ranking soldier.

Origin

Late Middle English: from bark1 + -er1. The original sense was 'a person or animal that barks; noisy protester', hence the current sense (late 17th century).

Words that rhyme with barker

haka, Kabaka, Lusaka, marker, moussaka, nosy parker, Oaxaca, Osaka, parka, Shaka, Zarqa

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bark·er

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