noun, plural penny dreadfuls. Chiefly British.
Origin of penny dreadful
Examples from the Web for penny-dreadful
Of course you may call it a trap and all that sort of penny-dreadful rot; but what other way had I to see you?The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen
Then look at Brigham Young's penny-dreadful tyranny in Utah, with real blood.The Woman in Black|Edmund Clerihew Bentley
The wildest flight of fancy of an irresponsible novelist had never created such a character in penny-dreadful fiction.The Dark Star|Robert W. Chambers
Mother doesnt allow me to read any penny-dreadful story papers, magazines or books.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Why did he not now emulate the penny-dreadful heroes and say "My darling!"The Treasure of Heaven|Marie Corelli