noun, plural flop·hous·es [flop-hou-ziz] /ˈflɒpˌhaʊ zɪz/.

  1. a cheap, run-down hotel or rooming house.


  1. US and Canadian slang a cheap lodging house, esp one used by trampsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): dosshouse

“cheap hotel,” hobo slang, 1904, probably related to slang flop (v.) “lie down for sleep” (1907); see flop (v.) + house (n.).

In one of [Cincinnati’s] slum districts stands the Silver Moon, a “flop house” (i.e., a house where the occupants are “flopped” out of their hanging bunks by letting down the ropes) …. [“McClure’s” magazine, November 1904]

(But this explanation is not found in other early references.)

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