penny-dreadful
adjective see penny dreadful

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Penny Dreadful — (also called penny number) was a term applied to nineteenth century British fiction publications, usually lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks, each part costing a penny. The term, however, soon came to encompass a… …   Wikipedia

  • penny dreadful — ► NOUN historical or humorous ▪ a cheap, sensational comic or storybook …   English terms dictionary

  • penny dreadful — n. [Brit. Informal] a cheap book or magazine containing stories of crime, terror, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Penny dreadful — Page couverture d un penny dreadful : Black Bess; or, The knight of the road. Un récit romancé de la vie de Dick Turpin, un sujet de fiction populaire au Royaume Uni pendant le XIXe siècle. Un penny dreadful (aussi appelé penny horrible …   Wikipédia en Français

  • penny dreadful — pl. penny dreadfuls. Chiefly Brit. a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime, or violence; dime novel. [1870 75] * * * ▪ book plural  penny dreadfuls,  also called  bloods        an inexpensive novel of violent adventure or crime that was… …   Universalium

  • penny dreadful — noun Date: circa 1873 a novel of violent adventure or crime • penny dreadful adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • penny dreadful — noun A cheap pulp novel produced in 19th century Britain …   Wiktionary

  • penny dreadful — n. low quality or overly dramatic novel, dime novel (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penny dreadful — noun historical or humorous a cheap, sensational comic or storybook …   English new terms dictionary

  • penny dreadful — noun (C) BrE a cheap and badly written book about violent crime …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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