penny dreadful

noun

Definition of penny dreadful

: a novel of violent adventure or crime

Other Words from penny dreadful

penny-dreadful \ ˈpe-​nē-​ˈdred-​fəl How to pronounce penny-dreadful (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of penny dreadful

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Penny dreadful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny%20dreadful. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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