slum·​lord ˈsləm-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce slumlord (audio)
: a landlord who receives unusually large profits from substandard, poorly maintained properties

Examples of slumlord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tenants accused Aslanian of being a slumlord, harrassing and threatening them in his attempts to empty the apartments. World & Nation This tiny apartment costs $7 a month. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 Whitney, the daughter of slumlords, sees herself as a different breed of real-estate entrepreneur. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2024 Whitney first went into the HGTV show with two goals: to make a killing in local real estate, and to publicly establish a do-gooder identity that’s in sharp contrast to the reputation of her slumlord parents. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 While crammed in tiny apartments, Black families struggled with slumlords and poor living conditions. Tanikia Carpenter, Parents, 19 Nov. 2023 What Safdie and Fielder have created on Curse, at least on the surface level, is a sharp, unstinting satire of White privilege and guilt (Whitney is constantly having to distance herself from her parents, who are widely regarded as slumlords). Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Whitney is the daughter of a pair of local slumlords (played by Corbin Bernsen and Constance Shulman). Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Rodents, mold and trash:Louisville housing agency a ‘slumlord,’ council member says Reach reporter Bailey Loosemore at, 502-582-4646 or on Twitter @bloosemore. The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2023 Ginger Hitzke, an affordable housing developer in Solana Beach, California, attempted to rehouse people displaced by the demolition of a slumlord’s apartments in the 1990s. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2023

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Word History


slum entry 1 + landlord

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slumlord was in 1953

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“Slumlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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slum·​lord ˈsləm-ˌlȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce slumlord (audio)
: a landlord who receives high profits from renting substandard housing

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