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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He was also accused of being a slumlord and has faced multiple lawsuits from tenants in his many Southern California properties. Gary Washburn,, 13 Sep. 2022 But for years, a notorious slumlord who controlled the property wouldn't even let residents spruce up their own units. Catherine E. Shoichet And Austin Steele, CNN, 10 Sep. 2022 Fight the slumlord who waffled about selling the building. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Rico said Rafiq is no slumlord, and in fact lives in the building. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 In 2003, lawmakers approved a measure that opponents, only somewhat in jest, referred to as a slumlord protection act. Alan Judd, ajc, 19 June 2022 City officials did hit Korn with $235,000 in fines last month — was that finally the tipping point that led him to drop his slumlord ways? Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 17 Dec. 2021 Contrary to what Jacobs said about Reno motel owners, Mead hardly fits the definition of a slumlord. David Calvert, ProPublica, 12 Nov. 2021 Among the recurring characters was the troupe’s first antagonist, Uncle Fatso, whose roles included a slumlord and allegorical representations of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


slum entry 1 + landlord

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slumlord was in 1953

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“Slumlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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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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