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an animal or person that barks.
a person who stands before a theater, carnival sideshow, or the like, calling out its attractions to passers-by.
a person or thing that removes bark from trees.
a person or thing that prepares bark for tanning.
Contemporary Examples

Despite all the tabloid drama over the years, barker and Moakler are still very close.
Travis Barker’s Emotional Odyssey Marlow Stern September 25, 2011

And barker, 23, and Coggins-Johnson, 20, seemed like decent kids.
The Beverly Hills Revenge Murder Will Doig July 22, 2010

In 1993 at the age of 18, barker joined punk group The Aquabats.
Travis Barker’s Emotional Odyssey Marlow Stern September 25, 2011

barker personally laments the bizarre transformation MTV has taken in the past decade.
Travis Barker’s Emotional Odyssey Marlow Stern September 25, 2011

barker: I think that Woody was also surprised that Blue Jasmine did as well as it did because it was so dark.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard on Woody Allen and the State of Indie Film Richard Porton May 21, 2014

Historical Examples

Wilma followed a few feet above me, then barker, Gaunt and Blash.
Armageddon–2419 A.D. Philip Francis Nowlan

Another example is barker, which has swallowed up the Anglo-Fr.
The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley

It should be mentioned that according to barker the eosinophil granulations appear to contain iron.
Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich

I am told that Dr. barker has said in his Whig, that my “pulpit talents are nothing.”
The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson

Captain barker stood by the taffrail with one eye upon the galley and his face turned in profile to his friend.
The Blue Pavilions Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

an animal or person that barks
a person who stands at a show, fair booth, etc, and loudly addresses passers-by to attract customers
a person or machine that removes bark from trees or logs or prepares it for tanning
George (Granville). 1913–91, British poet: author of Calamiterror (1937) and The True Confession of George Barker (1950)
Howard. born 1946, British playwright: his plays include Claw (1975), The Castle (1985), A Hard Heart (1992), and 13 Objects (2003)
Ronnie, full name Ronald William George Barker. 1929–2005, British comedian: known esp for his partnership with Ronnie Corbett (born 1930) in the TV series The Two Ronnies (1971–85)

“noisy fellow,” late 15c., agent noun from bark (v.). Specific sense of “loud assistant in an auction, store, or show” is from 1690s.


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