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[bahr-kee-per or bahr-keep] /ˈbɑrˌki pər or ˈbɑrˌkip/
a person who owns or manages a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold.
a bartender.
Origin of barkeeper
First recorded in 1705-15; bar1 + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • "Another dime, pardner, all drinks are ten cents here," says barkeep.

  • "Aspirin and ginger ale," I ordered, and got a knowing grin from the barkeep.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • The barkeep dropped his hands, paralyzed by her intoxicating nearness.

  • But Nick got rid of five drinks while Joe protected his own glass from the barkeep.

    The Stowaway Alvin Heiner
British Dictionary definitions for barkeep


another name (esp US) for barman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barkeep

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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