crack·​er-bar·​rel ˈkra-kər-ˌber-əl How to pronounce cracker-barrel (audio)
: suggestive of the friendly homespun character of a country store
a cracker-barrel philosopher

Word History


from the cracker barrel in country stores around which customers lounged for informal conversation

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cracker-barrel was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Cracker-barrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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