barfly

[ bahr-flahy ]
/ ˈbɑrˌflaɪ /

noun, plural bar·flies. Slang.

a person who frequents barrooms.

Nearby words

  1. baresark,
  2. baresthesia,
  3. baresthesiometer,
  4. barf,
  5. barf bag,
  6. bargain,
  7. bargain away,
  8. bargain basement,
  9. bargain bin,
  10. bargain counter

Origin of barfly

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; bar1 + fly2

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British Dictionary definitions for barfly

barfly

/ (ˈbɑːflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

informal a person who frequents bars
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Word Origin and History for barfly

barfly

n.

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

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