flophouse

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

Definition of flophouse

: a cheap rooming house or hotel

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The poolrooms, flophouses, bars, cheap restaurants, wine stores and missions remained, but their customers, and the atmosphere on the street, had changed for the worse. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 The street was lined with flophouses and soup kitchens, the last stop for the downtrodden and down-on-their-luck. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "‘Devil’s Mile’ Review: Dance Halls, Derelicts and Condos," 24 Aug. 2018 Brad Schmidt The Oregonian/OregonLive A Tigard flophouse on the verge of foreclosure has discovered new life thanks to a nearly $30,000 bailout from the state of Oregon. OregonLive.com, "$30,000 loan by state of Oregon keeps flophouse open," 13 June 2018 The assassin James Earl Ray shot King, who was standing on the balcony, from a flophouse bathroom across the street. Latoya Ruby Frazier, The Atlantic, "The Geography of Oppression," 3 Apr. 2018 He and his wife, who is five months pregnant, sleep at a flophouse provided for free by a local transportation company. Washington Post, "Venezuelans recycle worthless bolivar bills into crafts," 6 Mar. 2018 He and his wife, who is five months pregnant, sleep at a flophouse provided for free by a local transportation company. Luz Dary Depablos, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelans recycle worthless bolivar bills into crafts," 25 Feb. 2018 The street was lined with flophouses and soup kitchens, the last stop for the downtrodden and down-on-their-luck. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "‘Devil’s Mile’ Review: Dance Halls, Derelicts and Condos," 24 Aug. 2018 An urban planning professor who analyzed New York City's Airbnbs said some of them have become modern society's flophouses — the equivalent of Depression-era boarding houses. Ellen Mccarthy, ajc, "Top bunk for $30 a day: Life inside one of Airbnb's modern boarding houses," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of flophouse

1916, in the meaning defined above

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flophouse

noun

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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