Definition of barnstorm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbärnˌstôrm/


[no object] chiefly North American
1Tour rural districts giving theatrical performances, originally often in barns.
Example sentences
  • He tells the life of a child in a family troupe of actors as they barnstorm the West and South, including a stint near the front during the Mexican-American War.
  • Paige, in particular, became nationally famous through barnstorming around the country.
  • San Francisco poets Tarin Towers and Daphne Gottlieb, Eitan Kadosh from L.A. and Phoenix's Eirein Bradley barnstormed with O'Hara through 35 U.S. cities over the summer.
1.1 [with object] Make a rapid tour of (an area), typically as part of a political campaign.
Example sentences
  • Bush won the midterms for Republicans by barnstorming the country attacking Democrats for not passing his homeland security bill.
  • Each turn, you can barnstorm campaign in targeting ridings, travel province to province, give speeches, fundraise, or prepare for debates.
  • Winchell then declares his candidacy for president and barnstorms the black heart of America.
1.2Travel around giving exhibitions of flying and performing aeronautical stunts: (as noun barnstorming) barnstorming had become a popular occupation among many trained pilots
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  • Besides hauling passengers on airshow barnstorming flights, J.R. uses the Stearman for banner and glider towing and scenic flights.
  • When completed, Art started barnstorming the lumbering biplane throughout the Midwest.
  • Carl and the Special stayed on the aviation scene joining the Flying Aces Air Circus in the late 1920s with Jessie Woods walking on the wings, as well as barnstorming.



Pronunciation: /ˈbärnˌstôrmər/
Example sentences
  • The Utterly Butterly barnstormers wowed the crowds with their daring aerobatics on top of the biplanes.
  • I've also stunned myself by loving a Faithless record - alright, Mass Destruction sounds like Black Steel by Tricky, but that doesn't stop it being a full-on barnstormer of a tune.
  • Lindbergh started his aviation career as a barnstormer, a trick pilot who performed stunts for audiences in the 1920s.

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Syllabification: barn·storm

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