greasy spoon

noun

Definition of greasy spoon

:a dingy small cheap restaurant

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Examples of greasy spoon in a Sentence

  1. We ate at some greasy spoon near the bus station.

Did You Know?

In the decades following its first use in 1902, the surrounding context of greasy spoon usually included words along the lines of lousy, wind up eating in, slinging hash, the underside of society, settle for, or rather starve. And while things haven't changed entirely, a recent wave of nostalgia has elevated the status of greasy spoons. Since the 1970s, the descriptions might contain words like fabled, distinction, beloved, classic, an institution, fondness for, and comfort food. Now you can consult a Greasy Spoon Guide and read up on Best Greasy Spoons, or lunch at a diner restored to look like a greasy spoon. Some of these eateries are now even named "The Greasy Spoon."

First Known Use of greasy spoon

1902


GREASY SPOON Defined for English Language Learners

greasy spoon

noun

Definition of greasy spoon for English Language Learners

  • : a small and cheap restaurant


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