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[speek-ee-zee] /ˈspikˌi zi/
noun, plural speakeasies.
a saloon or nightclub selling alcoholic beverages illegally, especially during Prohibition.
1885-90, Americanism; speak + easy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • As the stock market soars to record heights, jazz is played in dance halls and speakeasies everywhere.
  • Bathtub booze, speakeasies, robberies and mob violence resulted.
  • speakeasies were created as places for people to drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Taverns, lounges, speakeasies and supper clubs lined the streets back then.
  • He began drinking heavily, spending too many evenings in speakeasies with cronies.
British Dictionary definitions for speakeasies


noun (pl) -easies
(US) a place where alcoholic drink was sold illicitly during Prohibition
Word Origin
C19: from speak + easy (in the sense: gently, quietly)
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Word Origin and History for speakeasies



"unlicensed saloon," 1889 (in New York "Voice"), from speak + easy; so called from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police and neighbors. The word gained wide currency in U.S. during Prohibition (1920-1932). In early 19c. Irish and British dialect, a speak softly shop meant "smuggler's den."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spazzed out

adjective phrase

spaced-out: A couple of spazzed out bikers (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.
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