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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Definitions for groggery

  1. a slightly disreputable barroom.

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Citations for groggery
P. Dusenheimer, standing in the door of his uninviting groggery, when the trains stopped for water, never received from the traveling public any patronage except facetious remarks upon his personal appearance. Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, 1873
A volleyball court seemed to occupy the confectioner's shop, the confectioner was nearly on top of the bridal shop, and the bridal shop had insinuated itself into the groggery next door. Lawrence Millman, "The Bay Islands," Islands, February, 1994
Origin of groggery
Groggery is an Americanism formed on the basis of the word grog meaning "a strong alcoholic drink." It entered English in the early 1800s.