grind house


: an often shabby movie theater having continuous showings especially of pornographic or violent films

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grind house was in 1923

Dictionary Entries Near grind house

Cite this Entry

“Grind house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on grind house

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!