Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[bee-nuh-ree] /ˈbi nə ri/
noun, plural beaneries. Informal.
a cheap, usually inferior, restaurant.
Origin of beanery
1885-90, Americanism; bean + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for beanery
Historical Examples
  • I used to work in a hash foundry and a beanery, said Nat with a smile.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • "Our suits is up to the other beanery," says I, and I was glad of it.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • Straight to New York they hie, and lay their goods at the feet of the girl who serves them beans in a beanery.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Then, thinking you wouldnt be out for a 197 while, he went into a beanery for a bite and a cup of coffee.

  • "Stop at a beanery," yelled Bill to our driver, a little old man with round shoulders and a shiny coat.

  • Say, I had a lithograph of Buddy and his beanery tip goin' up against an argument like that.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for beanery


noun (pl) -eries
(US, informal) a cheap restaurant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for beanery

"cheap restaurant," 1884, American English, from bean (n.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for beanery



A restaurant or diner, esp a cheap one: a beanery in Hell's Kitchen (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for beanery

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for beanery