barker

A barker is a person whose job involves advertising a show or a circus, encouraging passing pedestrians to buy a ticket. A traveling carnival might employ a barker to describe its attractions.

A barker's job includes detailing the highlights of the show or fair he's trying to sell. An old-fashioned sideshow carnival barker might call to passers-by, describing the bearded lady or human pincushion inside. In the 15th century, a barker was a "noisy fellow," which became a "loud assistant or salesman" by the late 17th century. It comes from bark, from its Old English root beorcan, "to bark."

Primary Meanings of barker

1.
n
someone who stands in front of a show (as at a carnival) and gives a loud colorful sales talk to potential customers
2.
n
informal terms for dogs
Full Definitions of barker
1

n someone who stands in front of a show (as at a carnival) and gives a loud colorful sales talk to potential customers

Type of:
booster, plugger, promoter
someone who is an active supporter and advocate
2

n informal terms for dogs

Synonyms:
bow-wow, doggie, doggy, pooch
Type of:
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds

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