Synonyms for speakeasy

Grammar : Noun
Spell : speek-ee-zee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈspikˌi zi

Top 10 synonyms for speakeasy Other synonyms for the word speakeasy

Définition of speakeasy

Origin :
  • "unlicensed saloon," 1889 (in New York "Voice"), from speak + easy; so called from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police and neighbors. The word gained wide currency in U.S. during Prohibition (1920-1932). In early 19c. Irish and British dialect, a speak softly shop meant "smuggler's den."
  • As in nightclub : noun place for evening entertainment
  • As in saloon : noun business establishment that primarily serves liquor
  • As in tavern : noun business establishment for serving drink, food
  • As in cabaret : noun nightclub with musical performances
Example sentences :
  • You can take the first shot with old 'Speakeasy' an' then I'll try her.
  • Extract from : « The Southerner » by Thomas Dixon
  • You couldn't see him for dust as he broke for the nearest 'speakeasy,' and the two panhandlers were hanging on to his coat tails.
  • Extract from : « Side Show Studies » by Francis Metcalfe
  • He's been in the "cigar store" bookie racket ever since repeal had closed a speakeasy he'd had on Grand Avenue.
  • Extract from : « Direct Wire » by Clee Garson
Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019