Definition of barfly in US English:

barfly

noun

informal
  • A person who spends much time drinking in bars.

    • ‘The barfly was simultaneously pinching one barmaid's butt and vomiting into another's cleavage!’
    • ‘At quarter to midnight on March 30, thousands of barflies across New York lit a cigarette and took a resigned puff.’
    • ‘I had gone from being a barfly to a social butterfly, and was starting to feel resentment at the thought of going to a bar and buying my own round.’
    • ‘The few barflies left in the joint turn back to their drinks as if nothing had happened.’
    • ‘It's like buying the old barfly drinks to see what he'll come out with next.’
    • ‘Last Saturday afternoon, even before I'd hooked up with the regular barflies, I had a pretty good idea where the focus would be.’
    • ‘The barflies at Bombay Beach's Ski Inn drink, smoke and gossip about daily life.’
    • ‘I know he was an alcoholic thanks to the barflies in honky tonks like the Bloody Bucket who gave him beer.’
    • ‘In ‘Barred,’ a woman in a bar reluctantly engages in conversation with a barfly, both of them revealing a little more about human nature than was probably intended.’
    • ‘The place was pretty empty, a few random ferals playing pool and a couple of other barflies drinking bourbon and coke.’
    • ‘Several have announced they're retiring and not standing for re-election, while the rest are all but invisible in the electorate, except as sad barflies late at night in Mitchell Street nightclubs.’
    • ‘Many years ago I had a buddy who was a regular barfly; any night of the week when he wasn't working he'd be at the corner dive knocking back a few cold ones.’
    • ‘The judges are randomly selected from barflies from old ‘Cheers’ episodes although Norm has yet to appear and Frasier has a decent series of his own.’
    • ‘When she returned to Britain, her follow-up project, Early Doors, a sitcom about a Manchester pub and its family of barflies, was also ill-starred.’
    • ‘Tomei meanwhile reminds what a great actress she really is in her portrayal of Laura, a fellow barfly with an ambiguous background who briefly becomes involved with Chinaski.’
    • ‘In the meantime, Tully has met up with and taken in a pathetic barfly named Oma whose husband is incarcerated.’
    • ‘Manufacturing had moved South, shoppers were heading for suburban malls, a decent restaurant was almost impossible to find, and the nightlife was a barfly's lament.’
    • ‘It's not quite as exciting or controversial as tearing up a picture of the Pope, or declaring herself as a bisexual Catholic priest, but it's odd enough behaviour to stir the barflies from their malaise.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, frustrated barflies screamed the actual lyrics and made instructive gestures at Brian, who smiled vaguely, raised his arms above his head, and gyrated.’
    • ‘His handshake is firm, the kind of grasp that must once have been very useful in dealing with over-friendly barflies and demanding directors.’
    drinker, heavy drinker, problem drinker, drunk, drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem
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Pronunciation

barfly

/ˈbärˌflī//ˈbɑrˌflaɪ/