penny dreadful

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noun, plural penny dreadfuls. Chiefly British.

a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime, or violence; dime novel.

Nearby words

  1. pennsylvanian,
  2. penny,
  3. penny ante,
  4. penny arcade,
  5. penny black,
  6. penny for your thoughts, a,
  7. penny loafer,
  8. penny pincher,
  9. penny post,
  10. penny saved is a penny earned, a

Origin of penny dreadful

First recorded in 1870–75

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British Dictionary definitions for penny-dreadful

penny-dreadful

noun plural -fuls

British informal a cheap, often lurid or sensational book or magazine
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