a contentious person, quarreller, or fighter
n. s. [from barat, old Fr. from which is still retained barateur, a cheat] A wrangler, an encourager of lawsuits.
Will it not reflect as much on thy character, Nic, to turn barrator in thy old days, a stirrer up of quarrels amongst thy neighbors.
--- Arbuthnot's History of John Bull
[ME. baratour, OF. barateor deceiver, fr. OF. barater, bareter, to deceive, barter. See barterer, v. i.]
Bar"ra*tor (?), n. [OE. baratour, OF. barateor deceiver, fr. OF. barater, bareter, to deceive, cheat, barter. See Barter, v. i.]
One guilty of barratry.
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