- to go about (the country) performing plays, giving lectures or campaign speeches, playing exhibition games, etc., esp. in small towns and rural districts
Origin of barnstormfrom the use of barns as hangars in the early days of aviation, to tour (the country) giving short airplane rides, exhibitions of stunt flying, etc.
Origin of barnstormbarn + storm, intransitive verb: from occasionally use of barns as auditoriums
verbbarn·stormed, barn·storm·ing, barn·storms
- To travel around the countryside making political speeches, giving lectures, or presenting theatrical performances.
- To appear at county fairs and carnivals in exhibitions of stunt flying and parachute jumping.
- To travel around an area appearing in exhibition sports events, especially baseball games.
To travel across while barnstorming.
(third-person singular simple present barnstorms, present participle barnstorming, simple past and past participle barnstormed)