Definition of squalid
1 : marked by filthiness and degradation from neglect or poverty
2 : sordid
Examples of squalid in a Sentence
The family lived in squalid conditions.
Origin and Etymology of squalid
Latin squalidus rough, dirty, from squalēre to be covered with scales or dirt, from squalus dirty; perhaps akin to Latin squama scale
First Known Use: 1596
Synonym Discussion of squalid
SQUALID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of squalid for English Language Learners
: very dirty and unpleasant
: immoral or dishonest
SQUALID Defined for Kids
Definition of squalid for Students
: filthy or degraded from a lack of care or money They lived in squalid conditions.
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