bar·​fly ˈbär-ˌflī How to pronounce barfly (audio)
: a person who spends much time in bars

Examples of barfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the final scene, the one female regular at the Royal, a blowsy barfly well played by Barbara Lowing, is moving toward the bar as Hanna and Liv move decisively in the other direction. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 Church also shared his first memory of seeing Keith at the Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar in downtown Nashville, an incident which involved Keith taking a bullying barfly by the collar and dragging him down a line of barstools, before depositing him at the end of the bar just as Church walks in. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2022 Roger Arnold, the divorced barfly and home chemist. Chicago Tribune, 13 Oct. 2022 Rose, a grudging slash of red lipstick on her unsmiling mouth as a concession to coquettishness, picks up a random barfly in a local pub and, staring into the middle distance, briskly masturbates him in a restroom. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 26 Jan. 2023 Jayme Hoskins has turned into a baseball barfly and let the free beers fly during recent Phillies' postseason games. Dan Gelston, ajc, 3 Nov. 2022 There was a former barfly who had fended off many a hangover here, arriving just before the kitchen’s 4 A.M. closing time. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barfly was in 1896

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“Barfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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