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 After spending 10 nights in his Chevy, Smith locates a mattress for rent on the floor of a flophouse. Los Angeles Times, "Review: He ditched his privilege to labor in a Dakota oil field. All he got was a powerful memoir," 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, "Classic Ohio City Victorian restored to its original glory: House of the Week," 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, "In Search of the Ultimate Comfort Movie," 31 Oct. 2020 True Detective, Woody Harrelson’s character, Marty Hart, recalls seeing the flophouse apartment of his partner Rust Cohle. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The First Bond — the Family — Is Weak," 14 Sep. 2020 Defectors from Venezuela's police and military, they had been rounded up from flophouses and streetside encampments for a secret mission to liberate their homeland from the socialist government of autocratic President Nicolás Maduro. Anchorage Daily News, "How an ex-Green Beret and a defecting general planned to capture Venezuela’s president," 11 May 2020 The flophouses and nickel-a-drink saloons have given way to nightclubs and luxury condos. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "A Bowery Chapel Once Let Homeless New Yorkers Sleep Inside. No More.," 5 Mar. 2020 In March 1900, the proprietor of a lumber yard named Chick Gin died in a flophouse basement in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pioneering Health Officer Who Saved Portland From the Plague," 25 Mar. 2020 The place became a flophouse, a dope den and the scene of multiple homicides. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "The Whitelaw gave black people a place to stay when other hotels turned them away," 18 Feb. 2020

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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 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flophouse

chiefly US, informal : a very inexpensive hotel for poor people who do not have anywhere else to live

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