flophouse

[flop-hous]
noun, plural flophouses [flop-hou-ziz] .
a cheap, run-down hotel or rooming house.

Origin:
1890–95; flop + house

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To flophouse
Collins
World English Dictionary
flophouse (ˈflɒpˌhaʊs)
 
n
slang (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): dosshouse a cheap lodging house, esp one used by tramps

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

flophouse
"cheap hotel," hobo slang, 1923, from earlier slang flop (v.) "lie down for sleep" (1907); see flop.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang Dictionary

flophouse definition


  1. n.
    a very cheap hotel offering only rows of beds. : This place is a flophouse! I won't stay here for a moment.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
His first hotel was nothing more than a flophouse for oil-field roustabouts.
In that the epidemiologists were wondering why have a dozen people in a flophouse all got tetanus.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;