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slum

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noun, often attributive \ˈsləm\

Definition of slum

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

Examples of slum in a sentence

  1. He grew up in the slums of New York.

  2. His house is a slum.

Origin and Etymology of slum

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1825


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slum

verb

Definition of slum

slummed

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slumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

slummer

noun

Examples of slum in a sentence

  1. He sometimes likes to go slumming in bars around the city.

1884

First Known Use of slum

1884


SLUM Defined for English Language Learners

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slum

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noun, often attributive \ˈsləm\

Definition of slum for English Language Learners

  • : an area of a city where poor people live and the buildings are in bad condition

  • : a very untidy place


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slum

verb

Definition of slum for English Language Learners

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


SLUM Defined for Kids

slum

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noun \ˈsləm\

Definition of slum for Students

  1. :  a very poor crowded dirty section especially of a city



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