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[pool-room, -roo m] /ˈpulˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
an establishment or room for the playing of pool or billiards.
a place where betting is carried on, especially illegally; a bookmaker's establishment.
Origin of poolroom
First recorded in 1860-65; pool2 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was a poolroom pallor about this thin face, a poolroom stoop to his thin shoulders, that Mackenzie did not like.

  • The grocery in the next block, and the poolroom, bore the same owner's name.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • Negus and his confederate, identified as a poolroom lounger named Hank Stacy, had gotten away with a hundred thousand dollars.

  • What about Rosie and good looking Bella and her brother she was trying to rescue from the grip of the poolroom?

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Timothy was the man who up till the day before yesterday had owned and run the poolroom.

    Green Valley Katharine Reynolds
  • A poolroom or a policy shop may open now and then, but it will quickly shut again if the police are in earnest.

  • He would sooner have gone to the poolroom, but there was a risk of his meeting Sadie at the settlement.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • They expect a boom at the settlement, and he'll manage the hotel and store and poolroom for Keller.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • Some time after Festing reached the settlement, Wilkinson and three or four others sat, smoking, in the poolroom.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • It is generally the companion of the cigarette and the wine glass, and the latter lead to the poolroom and gambling hall.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for poolroom


/ˈpuːlˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
noun (US & Canadian)
a hall or establishment where pool, billiards, etc, are played
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for poolroom



An illegal bookmaker's establishment: a poolroom from auction-pool betting (1875+ Horse racing & gambling)

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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