noun, often attributive \ˈsləm\

: an area of a city where poor people live and the buildings are in bad condition

: a very untidy place

Full Definition of SLUM

:  a densely populated usually urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty, and social disorganization

Examples of SLUM

  1. He grew up in the slums of New York.
  2. His house is a slum.

Origin of SLUM

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1825


intransitive verb

: to spend time in places or conditions that are much worse than your usual places or conditions


Full Definition of SLUM

:  to visit slums especially out of curiosity; broadly :  to go somewhere or do something that might be considered beneath one's station —sometimes used with it <slumming it in budget hotels>
slum·mer noun

Examples of SLUM

  1. He sometimes likes to go slumming in bars around the city.

First Known Use of SLUM

SLUM Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsləm\

Definition of SLUM for Kids

:  a very poor crowded dirty section especially of a city


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