noun, plural bean·er·ies. Informal.

a cheap, usually inferior, restaurant.

Origin of beanery

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; bean + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for beanery

diner, dump, beanery, eatery

Examples from the Web for beanery

Historical Examples of beanery

  • I used to work in a hash foundry and a beanery, said Nat with a smile.

  • "Our suits is up to the other beanery," says I, and I was glad of it.

  • 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 plural -eries

US informal a cheap restaurant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for beanery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper