Definition of barker noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɑːkə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrkər//
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a person who stands outside a place where there is entertainment and shouts to people to go in Word Originlate Middle English: from bark ‘a sound made by dogs and some other animals’ + -er. The original sense was ‘a person or animal that barks; a noisy protestor’, hence the current sense (late 17th cent.).
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