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barkeeper

or bar·keep

[bahr-kee-per or bahr-keep]
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noun
  1. a person who owns or manages a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold.
  2. a bartender.
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Origin of barkeeper

First recorded in 1705–15; bar1 + keeper
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Examples from the Web for barkeep

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Historical Examples

  • But there's a barkeep in my saloon—or was—who kept them posted.

    A Woman for Mayor

    Helen M. Winslow

  • Come on, barkeep, an' slip us another round of this here inebriatin' fluid.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

  • "You guys hold on and don't drink up yet," growled the barkeep.

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • The barkeep's face was pure sunshine when he turned to the aliens again.

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • Casey was the Officers Club barkeep and much-beribboned mixologist.

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke


British Dictionary definitions for barkeep

barkeeper

noun
  1. another name (esp US) for barman
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Word Origin and History for barkeep

n.

1846, probably short for barkeeper (1712); from bar (n.2) + agent noun of keep (v.).

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