or bar·keep

[bahr-kee-per or bahr-keep]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barkeep

Contemporary Examples of barkeep

Historical Examples of barkeep

  • 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



another name (esp US) for barman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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