barnstormer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n barnstormer a pilot who travels around the country giving exhibits of stunt flying and parachuting
    • n barnstormer an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barnstormer an aviator who flies an airplane from place to place, usually at small airports, doing flying stunts or flying passengers for sightseeing, for the purpose of earning money. It was a practise common in the early days of aviation, but by late 20th century was seldom encountered.
    • Barnstormer An itinerant theatrical player who plays in barns when a theatre is lacking; hence, an inferior actor, or one who plays in the country away from the larger cities.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barnstormer A strolling player; an actor who plays “in the provinces.”
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Barn, + storm, v

Usage

In literature:

The daughter of a strolling third-rate actor, who goes barnstorming about the country, and she has been on the stage, too.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Do you suppose he wants her to barnstorm?
"Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
No barnstorming bizness in this job.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
It was an achievement worthy of the most accomplished barnstormer.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Usually though, it only ends in talk, and the teams make a barnstorming trip to San Francisco or to Cuba.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Well, she is nothing more nor less than a barnstormer!
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
I am but a theatrical, bombastic, barnstorming Thespian.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
He fixed it up, and was soon off barnstorming again.
"Famous Flyers" by J. J. Grayson
He generally appears as the hero, and is a successful tho a rather listless barnstormer.
"The Spirit of the Ghetto" by Hutchins Hapgood
***

In poetry:

An old actor at the Player’s Club told me that Edwin Booth
first impersonated Hamlet when a barnstormer in California.
There were few theatres, but the hotels were provided
with crude assembly rooms for strolling players.
"Edwin Booth" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Obama and Romney barnstorm the country.
Clinton, first lady barnstorm across Wisconsin.
Black, Latino officials barnstorm for Obama.
Barnstorming is a lost American art.
Before TV changed the world of sport forever, barnstorming brought athletic flair to the most remote parts of the US and segments of Canada.
The plans sound like classic barnstorming .
A 1934 barnstorming visit to her native country transformed Stein from a noteworthy but rarely glimpsed author into a national celebrity.
Barnstormers pitcher Jerome Williams is shown with the San.
This is the calm before the barnstorm.
Former P-C-M and Simpson College Football standout Dusty Kain has been resigned by the Iowa Barnstormers for the remainder of the season.
Immersing Himself in Nitty-Gritty , Bush Barnstorms New Hampshire.
He remains the leading career rebounder at the College of Idaho, and he played for a barnstorming team of N.B.A.
President Obama plans to barnstorm the Midwest later this month in an effort to shift his focus back on the economy and boost his sagging poll numbers after the grueling debt-ceiling fight.
A presidential candidate who has been trying to jumpstart his campaign to overcome low poll rankings is continuing to conduct his barnstorming tour of the state tomorrow.
The Ephrata Review and Lititz Record Express have announced the veterans and their families who won the Steinman skybox tickets for the Lancaster Barnstormers game on Memorial Day, May 28.
***