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

Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barback was in 1974

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“Barback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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