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.
Recent Examples of squalid from the Web
For years, backpackers flocked to a squalid little hotel — a total dive with communal bathrooms — called the Hotel Henri IV.
The mine was mechanized and expanded, and soon many of Indawgyi’s inhabitants had traded their native villages for squalid mining camps where heroin addiction ran rampant.
But the rapid coalescence of squalid camps has complicated the picture.
The lackluster workplace may have mirrored the squalid conditions festival-goers were subject to.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and the attorneys representing former prisoners who sued over the former jail's squalid and violent conditions also agreed to it, Dietz said.
Cal, likely for Caligula, the squalid Roman emperor.
Grey Gardens, a large estate in the East Hamptons, was once crumbling and squalid, overrun by feral cats and raccoons.
Many neighborhoods lack proper sanitation, causing squalid water conditions, including raw sewage and extreme levels of disease-causing microorganisms in Guanabara Bay.
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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: 1596See Words from the same year
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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