slum

noun, often attributive
\ ˈsləm How to pronounce slum (audio) \

Definition of slum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

slum

verb
slummed; slumming

Definition of slum (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: 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

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Other Words from slum

Verb

slummer noun

Examples of slum in a Sentence

Noun He grew up in the slums of New York. His house is a slum. Verb He sometimes likes to go slumming in bars around the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both her husbands lived in Shuafat refugee camp, a lawless slum inside the Jerusalem city limits but just outside Israel’s security barrier. New York Times, 22 May 2021 The columnist initially found McCarthy smart and likable and admired his work on behalf of slum clearance and humanitarian relief in postwar Europe, and the junior senator from Wisconsin proved to be a helpful source on Capitol Hill. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Shaikh, 32, grew up in a Mumbai slum and owned a booming small construction company before the pandemic. Akanksha Sharma, CNN, 11 May 2021 But a study in the journal Lancet Global Health found that while rates of exposure in slum areas were indeed high (ranging from 55% to 61%), exposure in other areas was much lower (between 12% and 19%). Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 In Thailand, a surge that began in April has prompted health officials to rush to vaccinate thousands of people in Bangkok's biggest slum. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 The current outbreak spread from night entertainment spots to the Klong Toey area, Bangkok's largest slum with about 100,000 people living in a 1 square mile area. Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul And Patrick Quinn, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 Persuading the 800,000 residents of Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, to get vaccinated is seen as critical. Emily Schmall, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 Geopolitical vaccine games, in reality, are in nobody’s interest but the people who use their ownership of patents to extract rents, much like a slum landlord who buys up excess property during a crash and then extorts outsized profits from tenants. Katie Gallogly-swan, The New Republic, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moreover, much of what was destroyed was slum housing constructed by exploitative landlords. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 The reasons vary – scripts change, directors don’t share the actors’ visions, studio executives meddle, actors slum for a payday, whatever. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2021 The reasons vary — scripts change, directors don’t share the actors’ visions, studio executives meddle, actors slum for a payday, whatever. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2021 Jamila Begum, the activist from the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan in Mumbai, had spent six months last year providing food rations and cooked meals to slum residents in her area. Aarefa Johari, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2021 The local club has also opened its arms to slum golf, with some members choosing to try their hand, as well as an Indian professional golfer and an international player traveling to Mumbai to sample this unique version of the game. Ben Morse, CNN, 29 Mar. 2021 Across town in the Cristo de Pachacamilla slum, Missael is also stuck inside. Lucien O. Chauvin, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2020 More than half of India's Mumbai slum residents may have been infected with Covid-19, a new study suggests. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 30 July 2020 In Barton Fink and Hail, Caesar! the Coen Brothers conjured a world of slumming playwrights banging out scripts, blowhard studio execs chomping cigars and feisty gossip columnists digging for dirt on ridiculously fertile ground. Judy Berman, Time, 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of slum

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slum

Noun

origin unknown

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11 Jun 2021

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“Slum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slum. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for slum

slum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of a city where poor people live and the buildings are in bad condition
British, informal : a very untidy place

slum

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slum (Entry 2 of 2)

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

slum

noun
\ ˈsləm How to pronounce slum (audio) \

Kids Definition of slum

: a very poor crowded dirty section especially of a city

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