flop·​house | \ ˈfläp-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce flophouse (audio) \

Definition of flophouse

: a cheap rooming house or hotel

Examples of flophouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This wasn’t some flophouse that rented rooms by the hour. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Two decades before his conviction, Durst was acquitted of murdering his neighbor Morris Black in a flophouse in Galveston, Texas. Oliver Gettell, EW.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Before its days as an intellectual flophouse, the building was home to Columbia’s Department of Slavic Languages. Ian Volner, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 But those protections weren’t able to save Aubergine, a picturesquely decrepit flophouse, salon, and culture-freak community at 546 West 113th Street. Ian Volner, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 There's plenty of livestock, lots of Lone Star sunshine, but nothing so much as a flophouse or an outhouse in sight. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 5 Nov. 2021 After spending 10 nights in his Chevy, Smith locates a mattress for rent on the floor of a flophouse. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2021 The home, built in 1891 and used over the years as a private residence, a boarding house for nuns and a flophouse, was in disarray when it was purchased at a sheriff’s auction in 2014. cleveland, 4 Dec. 2020 Mystery Train is set in a dingy Memphis flophouse and follows the travelers who pass through its doors, telling sweet and sad stories of their lives. David Sims, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of flophouse

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Flophouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flophouse. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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