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dime novel

a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.
Origin of dime novel
1860-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Contemporary Examples
  • But nor do they go for the dime-novel fabulism like Lipsyte's Times battery mate Arthur Daley.

Historical Examples
  • Asked Vanstruther to go down with me, but one of his dime-novel heroes is ill or something of that sort, and he's off the list.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
  • "I never read a dime-novel in my life," she interrupted, indignantly.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • "M'Gibbon's been reading some dime-novel, I suppose," said one club man.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • If you're trying to scare me by that dime-novel talk I guess you've hit the wrong man.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • We're not here on a joy-ride, Major, so I reckon we'll leave out the dime-novel adventures.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • From the pocket of the last to respond protruded the unmistakable cover of a dime-novel.

    The Young Railroaders Francis Lovell Coombs
  • Clinical psychiatry, however, has been content with the dime-novel type of character delineation.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • "Thank you," returned Average Jones, enormously entertained by the dime-novel setting which his host had provided for him.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • No dime-novel scout was ever more unerring in his aim than I would be if I could only get another aim.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
British Dictionary definitions for dime-novel

dime novel

(US) (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback Also called (esp Brit) penny-dreadful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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