noun \ˈskwä-lər also ˈskwā- or ˈskw-\

: very bad and dirty conditions

Full Definition of SQUALOR

:  the quality or state of being squalid

Examples of SQUALOR

  1. The family was living in squalor.
  2. I was shocked by the squalor of their surroundings.

Origin of SQUALOR

Latin, from squalēre
First Known Use: 1621


Next Word in the Dictionary: Squalus
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Squaloidei
All Words Near: squalor

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up squalor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).