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



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