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[bee-nuh-ree] /ˈbi nə ri/
noun, plural beaneries. Informal.
a cheap, usually inferior, restaurant.
Origin of beanery
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; bean + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I used to work in a hash foundry and a beanery, said Nat with a smile.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • "Our suits is up to the other beanery," says I, and I was glad of it.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • Straight to New York they hie, and lay their goods at the feet of the girl who serves them beans in a beanery.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Then, thinking you wouldnt be out for a 197 while, he went into a beanery for a bite and a cup of coffee.

  • "Stop at a beanery," yelled Bill to our driver, a little old man with round shoulders and a shiny coat.

  • Say, I had a lithograph of Buddy and his beanery tip goin' up against an argument like that.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for beanery


noun (pl) -eries
(US, informal) a cheap restaurant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beanery

"cheap restaurant," 1884, American English, from bean (n.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beanery



A restaurant or diner, esp a cheap one: a beanery in Hell's Kitchen (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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