coin-operated

adjective

coin-op·​er·​at·​ed
variants or less commonly coin-op
: operated by coins inserted in a slot
a coin-operated laundry
… its arcade of coin-operated electronic amusement machines.John Hersey, The New Yorker, 7 Sept. 1987
He then slides on shower sandals to fetch blankets from the coin-op dryer in the basement of his Manhattan apartment building.Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, People, 30 July 2012

Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coin-operated was in 1887

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“Coin-operated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coin-operated. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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