1. to talk.
|Worcester Herald 26 Dec. 4/3: barrak, to talk; barrack the broke, talk to the dupe.|
2. to support a team or individual in a sporting context; thus barracker, a supporter; thus to support or promote anything or anyone.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 14 Sept. 4/4: The little newsboys ‘barracked’ cheerily for their pet paper.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 15/1: The most prominent player on the ground was the colossal Frazer, who hails from Parramatta, and whenever he seized the ball a cry of ‘look out for the Infant!’ went up from the Bathurst pavilion ‘barrackers.’.|
|‘Bill, the Ventriloquial Rooster’ in Roderick (1972) 142: I wanted to go down badly and see the fight, and barrack for Bill.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 May 24/2: Balmain barrackers made a dead set against the referee, and gave him a parlous time from end to end. At the close he had to be escorted away, and could only get out of the suburb disguised.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 10: BARRACKING – BARRACK: to shout encouragement to your own side at any contest and to deride the efforts of the other side or cheer their mistakes or failures. Football, cricket, pugilistic and political partisans who [...] encourage and aid their own side with cheers and shouts and discourage or deride the opposition with yells or insults are known as barrackers [...] The word has reached up out of the domain of pure slang and has become good journalese.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Apr. 4/5: It seems that [barracking] isn’t Australian slang at all, but good Cockney English, the expression ‘Choose your Barrikin’ (i.e. shut your row, stow your gab) being a common one in thieves’ patter, and the French form of the word, very slightly different, being found in no less a writer than Rabelais.|
|Kalgoorlie Wester Argus (WA) 31 Oct. 14: With the arrival of each Anglo-Australian cricket season some London newspaper invariably falls to discussing the orgin of the word ‘barracker’.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 132: ‘’Ello, Ned! Gettin’ ’ome with the week’s meat?’ roared a hardened barracker.‘The Disposal of a Dog’ in|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 279: With an aggrieved air, akin to that of a crowd at a cricket match when batsmen are playing for a draw, they began to ‘barrack’.|
|Digger Smith 107: Barrack—To take sides.|
|Working Bullocks 298: His barrackers shouted ‘You’ve got it, Niel!’.|
|Babe is Wise 360: A football match was in progress. [...] Every now and then one could hear the muffled roar of the ‘barrackers’.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 36: Barracking is a part of every good sporting event and the Australian barracks [...] with the abandoned passion of a Mexican at a bullfight.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 118: He thinks I’m much better than I am. A typical one-eyed barracker. [Ibid.] 118: I know a man who won’t talk to his daughter if the team she barracks for, Melbourne, beats his team, Footscray.|
|Holy Smoke 8: It depends on yer attitude of mind and who you’ve got barrackin’ for yer.|
|Angry Eye 205: When the pubs are emptied and the barrackers have dispersed from the Hill, the Australian language reverts to a grey verbal solemnity.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 57: Passionate parents barracked furiously and frequently disputed decisions.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 7: Barrack: To encourage one’s team from the sidelines, not always in complimentary terms, e.g., ‘Get in there and fight, you bunch of bloody pansies’.|
|Lingo 139: barracking is an essential sporting term in use from at least the 1870s and is applied nowadays mostly to football. It means to loudly and often aggressively verbalise support for one’s team.|
|Theft 21: His old mates would barrack him from the doorway.|
3. to talk to (persuasively).
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 2 Aug. 1/2: Heed not the red-nosed man who flattereth you in a pub, for he barracketh only for a booze.|
|Rigby’s Romance (1921) Ch. viii: [Internet] Moses went an’ barracked with this Parryo [i.e., Pharaoh] to let the Children go.|
4. to back up a confidence trickster.
|Pitcher in Paradise 183: Bob starts chuckin’ the broads out o’ the box, with Charlie takin’ in an’ payin’ out, an’ me barrackin’ up.|
5. to tease.
|Fact’ry ’Ands 75: The Beauties were barracking noisily at their work.|
|Working Bullocks 290: Mary Ann Colburn and Mrs. Pennyfather were [...] afraid to miss the fun of the obstacle race or the old woman’s race they had both entered for, and had been barracking each other about all the morning.|
|Lancs Eve. Post 24 Sept. 6/4: It was stated that cricketers there were ‘barracked’. Asked the meaning of ‘barracking,’ witness replied, ‘cheering a fellow on when you don’t really mean it’.|
|Jimmy Brockett 54: ‘I’m still a working man, even if I sport a white collar.’ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘I was only barracking you, pal.’.|
|Fair Go, Spinner 51: I was on my way to see my girl-friend [...] As everyone knew me I got a lot of barracking.|
|(con. 1920s) Emerald Square 165: The Dublin bus driver knew them all and barricked them.|
|Lingo 2: Although mostly taken for granted, the importance of the vernacular in everyday life is apparent from the number of Lingoisms describing or referring to it [...] spieler; chiack; barrack; sledge; spitting chips, magging.|