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
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.
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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: 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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