bar·​back | \ ˈbär-ˌbak How to pronounce barback (audio) \
variants: or bar-back \ ˈbär-​ˌbak \
plural barbacks or bar-backs

Definition of barback

chiefly US
: a worker whose job is to assist a bartender (as by setting out glasses and restocking beverages) Then he moved to New York, where he started out as a barback at House of Brews in Midtown Manhattan before moving behind the bar.— Coley Ward, Arizona Daily Star, 21 Feb. 2008

First Known Use of barback

1974, in the meaning defined above

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About barback

Time Traveler for barback

Time Traveler

The first known use of barback was in 1974

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near barback

barba amarilla



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for barback

Cite this Entry

“Barback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!