flop·​house ˈfläp-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce flophouse (audio)
: a cheap rooming house or hotel

Examples of flophouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the land trust homes were going to be long-term investments rather than flophouses, the residents were going to need more than Cunningham’s handyman skills. Wes Enzinna, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 One success Possert cites is the Palace Hotel in Medford, a former single-room occupancy hotel (once known as flophouses) in southern Oregon. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2023 The flophouse cots were stained and rusted. Justin Beal, Harper’s Magazine , 12 Dec. 2022 Twenty years after the Royalton, the Ace Hotel turned a seedy flophouse on 29th Street into a 24-hour living room with leather couches and a DJ spinning late into the night, luring the creative set north of 14th Street to a formerly unremarkable stretch around Madison Square Park. Tony Perrottet, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Dec. 2022 But the pad isn’t a flophouse for stoners. John Carlisle, Freep.com, 18 Aug. 2022 At the time of the shooting, the boy lived in what Busch described as a flophouse. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 16 Jan. 2023 After serving over the years as a movie palace, a performing-arts venue and even a flophouse for sailors, the Balboa closed without ceremony in early April 1986, acquired by the city through eminent domain. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 This wasn’t some flophouse that rented rooms by the hour. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flophouse was in 1916

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“Flophouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flophouse. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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