bar·​fly | \ ˈbär-ˌflī How to pronounce barfly (audio) \

Definition of barfly

: a person who spends much time in bars

Examples of barfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Principal roles are Tully, a womanizing singer-songwriter; Rachel, a scientist; Rachel’s friend Tammy; bartender Brick; resort manager Marley; older barfly J.D.; and Tammy’s insensitive fiancé Chadd. al, 10 June 2022 McKinnon became known for offbeat characters like Mrs. Rafferty, a woman abducted by aliens, and Sheila Sauvage, a desperate late-night barfly. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 May 2022 In most landmark cases, the plaintiff doesn’t stick around like an ornery barfly at closing time, making trouble for all sides. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Harry kept their dinner reservation while Doris stayed home, and he immediately got hit on by Mickey (Macaulay Culkin), the local gay barfly. Andrea Reiher, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 For inspiration during those lean times, Murphy leaned on her idol, Jimmy Stewart — more specifically, Elwood P. Dowd, the sweet and slightly odd barfly Stewart plays in the 1950 movie Harvey. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 Marvel is the kind of universe where a random barfly on Crime Island jokes about Bucky's new haircut. Darren Franich,, 23 Apr. 2021 Keith arrives for one assignation shortly after seeing Paula’s husband thump a barfly for a mild insult. oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2020 Yet, despite such catering to an affluent customer base, the barfly willing to spend $500 on a single shot is rare — even at Alexander’s. Justin Phillips,, 29 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of barfly

1896, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Barfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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