follow Dictionary.com

Submit your word to be a Word of the Day!

boiler room

noun
1.
a room in a building, ship, etc., that houses one or more steam boilers.
2.
Slang.
  1. a place where illicit brokers engage in high-pressure selling, over the telephone, of securities of a highly speculative nature or of dubious value.
  2. any room or business where salespeople, bill collectors, solicitors for charitable donations, etc., conduct an intensive telephone campaign, especially in a fast-talking or intimidating manner.
Related forms
boiler-room, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for boilerroom

boiler room

noun
1.
any room in a building (often in the basement) that contains a boiler for central heating, etc
2.
the part of a steam ship that houses the boilers and furnaces
3.
the room or department in which the real work of an organization goes on unseen
4.
(chiefly US) an office used by a team of telephone salespeople, esp of stocks and shares, operating under high pressure
5.
  1. a fraudulent scheme in which investors are encouraged to buy non-existent, worthless, or over-priced shares
  2. (as modifier): a boiler-room scam
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
Slang definitions & phrases for boilerroom

boiler room

modifier

: The county is home to hundreds of ''boiler room'' telephone operations/ what law enforcement officials call a ''boiler room'' operation

noun phrase
  1. A site of illegal operations, often the telephone sale of stocks, real estate, etc, by charlatans (1930s+)
  2. A shady and provocative gathering-place; a hotbed: the tendency of their young people to congregate in places that are boiler rooms for drugs and violence (1980s+)

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

Difficulty index for boiler room

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for boilerroom

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends