adjective Etymology: from the cracker barrel in country stores around which customers lounged for informal conversation Date: 1916 suggestive of the friendly homespun character of a country store <
a cracker-barrel philosopher

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  • cracker-barrel — adj. characteristic of country life; as, cracker barrel philosophy. Syn: folksy, homespun. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cracker-barrel — [krak′ərbar΄əl] adj. [< the large barrel of soda crackers formerly found in general stores] Informal designating or typical of the informal discussions on all subjects by persons gathered at a country store [a cracker barrel philosopher] …   English World dictionary

  • cracker barrel — cracker barrel, an open barrel of salted crackers, formerly often found in American country stores. crack|er bar|rel «KRAK uhr BAR uhl», adjective. having the plainness, robust humor, and informality of country people; unsophisticated; down to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cracker Barrel — Infobox Company company name = Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. company type = Public (NASDAQ|CBRL) slogan = Homestyle cooking done right. It s a restaurant. It s a store. | foundation = 1969 location = Lebanon, Tennessee key people = Dan… …   Wikipedia

  • cracker-barrel — /krak euhr bar euhl/, adj. of or suggesting the simple rustic informality and directness thought to be characteristic of life in and around a country store: homespun, cracker barrel philosophy. [1875 80, Amer.; adj. use of cracker barrel, around… …   Universalium

  • cracker-barrel — /ˈkrækə bærəl/ (say krakuh baruhl) noun 1. Chiefly US a barrel of biscuits in the general store of a small community, which is a gathering place for gossip and thence a symbol of parochialism. –adjective 2. rustic; homespun: a cracker barrel… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cracker-barrel — crack′er bar rel adj. suggesting the rustic informality of a country store: cracker barrel philosophers[/ex] • Etymology: 1875–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • cracker-barrel — adjective characteristic of country life cracker barrel philosophy folksy humor the air of homespun country boys • Syn: ↑folksy, ↑homespun • Similar to: ↑rural …   Useful english dictionary

  • cracker-barrel — adj. suggestive of rural country life; typical of country life; (term used in North America) simple and not sophisticated …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cracker-barrel — adjective US simple and unsophisticated. Origin C19: with ref. to the barrels of soda crackers formerly found in country stores …   English new terms dictionary

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