dime novel

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  1. a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.

Origin of dime novel

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

Words Nearby dime novel

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How to use dime novel in a sentence

  • But nor do they go for the dime-novel fabulism like Lipsyte's Times battery mate Arthur Daley.

    On the Peninsula | Bryan Curtis | April 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "Thank you," returned Average Jones, enormously entertained by the dime-novel setting which his host had provided for him.

    Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • You ran away like a boy in a dime novel, just because you couldn't stand having anything go wrong.

  • No dime-novel scout was ever more unerring in his aim than I would be if I could only get another aim.

    Cruisings in the Cascades | George O. Shields
  • These men usually don a costume like that of the hero of a dime novel.

    Frontier Folk | George Booth
  • "I never read a dime-novel in my life," she interrupted, indignantly.

    The Foolish Virgin | Thomas Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for dime novel

dime novel

  1. US (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback: Also called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful

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