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barker

Syllabification: bark·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbärkər
 
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Definition of barker in English:

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).

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