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noun, plural bar·flies. Slang.
  1. a person who frequents barrooms.
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Origin of barfly

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; bar1 + fly2
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noun plural -flies
  1. informal a person who frequents bars
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Word Origin and History for barfly


"habitual drunkard," 1910, from bar (n.2) + fly (n.).

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