a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.
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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.
"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.Harper's Round Table, October 1, 1895 | Various
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
US (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback: Also called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful
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