barrator is also spelled barrater
. See also barratry
From Robert Cawdrey
's 1604 A Table Alphabeticall
a contentious person, quarreller, or fighter
From Samuel Johnson
's 1755 A Dictionary of the English Language
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
From Webster's New International Dictionary
[ME. baratour, OF. barateor deceiver, fr. OF. barater, bareter, to deceive, barter. See barterer, v. i.]
- One guilty of barratry.
- A fighter; a quarrelsome person; bully; rowdy. Obs.
From www.m-w.com :
one who engages in barratry