Definition of Palookaville in US English:



North American
  • A state or situation of obscurity or failure.

    ‘a couple of bucks and a one-way ticket to Palookaville’
    • ‘In my North Side neighborhood, people on our block get together and compare some of the crazier tall tales told by junkies looking for their next trip to Palookaville.’
    • ‘Cook's response is the workmanlike Palookaville.’
    • ‘After its slow beginnings, the looming threat of Palookaville, and then the struggle to avoid mere respectability, the movie stars poll has ended by stepping out into the sunlit uplands alongside the several other polls.’
    • ‘After all, the next stop for most stocks on the $5 bus is Palookaville.’
    • ‘You wouldn't wish upon this poll a one-way ticket to Palookaville.’
    • ‘Jumping around in the snow like a frivolous retard seems like a good idea, but whenever you combine ice and fun, you end up with a one way ticket to Palookaville.’


1950s: from palooka + -ville.