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Dictionary Definition



1 someone who stands in front of a show (as at a carnival) and gives a loud colorful sales talk to potential customers
2 informal terms for dogs [syn: pooch, doggie, doggy, bow-wow]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Barker



Etymology 1

From bark (the animal noise sense) + -er.


  1. Someone or something who barks.
    My neighbor's dog is a constant barker that keeps me awake at night.
  2. A person employed to solicit customers by calling out to passersby, e.g. at a carnival.
    Bob had amassed a considerable stockpile of double entendres from his days working as a barker for a strip joint.

Etymology 2

From bark (the tree sense) + -er.


  1. A person that removes the bark from wood, or prepares it for use in tanning.
    The profession of barker has been made largely obsolete by the introduction of more effective tanning agents, but it lives on as a surname.
  2. A machine used to remove the bark from wood.
    Run these logs through the barker so we can use them as fence posts.

Extensive Definition

Barker may refer to:
In places:
barker in German: Barker
barker in French: Barker
barker in Japanese: バーカー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

MC, auteur, ballyhoo man, ballyhooer, callboy, canvasser, costume designer, costumer, costumier, director, emcee, equestrian director, exhibitor, impresario, makeup man, master of ceremonies, pitchman, playreader, producer, prompter, ringmaster, scenewright, set designer, showman, solicitor, spieler, stage director, stage manager, theater man, theatrician, ticket collector, tout, touter, usher, usherer, usherette
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