Definitions

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  • n. a bartender

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar

Etymologies

compound of bar + keep, possibly a clipping of barkeeper (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The barkeep is cleaning the bar, so they have a seat at a window table, which they normally don't do.

    Whitsuntide!

  • The barkeep was an old man, and I asked him whether he remembered the chef to the last doge.

    The Book of Unholy Mischief

  • And she's the kind of barkeep who bears a grudge, so I had enough lettuce from that 100 to make a fair salad.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • Webber, the blacksmith; Lufkins, the teamster; Bone, the "barkeep";

    Bruvver Jim's Baby

  • Then there was the saloon-keeper's collared and ribboned ratter, which got an extra lump because the 'barkeep' was liberal; and the rounds-man's Cat, that brought no cash, but got unusual consideration because the meat-man did.

    Animal Heroes

  • Then he and Watts and the disappointed deputy doctor went off to bed, leaving "barkeep" to close up when the few loungers quit paying for drinks, and only in the common room was there further stir about the store.

    Tonio, Son of the Sierras A Story of the Apache War

  • Why, in my time they used to call the 'barkeep' Bill, or Joe, or Tom, and slap him on the shoulder;

    Life on the Mississippi

  • Why, in my time they used to call the 'barkeep' Bill, or Joe, or Tom, and slap him on the shoulder; I watched for that.

    Life on the Mississippi

  • Once, a barkeep at Jacalito known as La Chimuela slips and falls on the beer-sticky floor while serving.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • The play's title refers to a kind of dam, and eventually everyone but Brendan the bachelor barkeep Jon Townson has something uncanny to add.

    Theater review: 'The Weir' presented by Keegan Theatre

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