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[sluhm-guhl-yuh n, sluhm-guhl-] /slʌmˈgʌl yən, ˈslʌmˌgʌl-/
a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.
the refuse from processing whale carcasses.
a reddish, muddy deposit in mining sluices.
Origin of slumgullion
1840-50, Americanism; compare Scots, Hiberno-English gullion quagmire, cesspool Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for slumgullion
Historical Examples
  • We could not eat the bread or the meat, or drink the 10 "slumgullion."

  • We could not eat the bread or the meat, nor drink the "slumgullion."

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Sorter clears him out, you know, of all the slumgullion that's in him.

  • With a mocking gurgle, about a dram of “slumgullion” passed into his mouth.

    The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch

    Henry Wallace Phillips
  • “I would have dreamed about turkey dinners and slumgullion and fudge,” said Slim, spearing his fourth potato.

  • His fondness for paddling in the ditches and "slumgullion" at one time suggested a water spaniel.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • She was plied with slumgullion and every other delicacy, and her health was drunk in numerous cups of cocoa.

  • Then they handed us a mess which some of us called 'slumgullion,' composed of diseased beef.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • His breast, legs, and feet—when not reddened by "slumgullion," in which he was fond of wading—were white.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for slumgullion


/slʌmˈɡʌljən; ˈslʌmˌɡʌl-/
noun (US & Canadian)
(slang) an inexpensive stew
offal, esp the refuse from whale blubber
a reddish mud deposited in mine sluices
Word Origin
C19: from slum in US sense slime + gullion, perhaps variant of cullion testicles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for slumgullion

slum 2


Any inferior and esp unidentifiable food or drink; a nasty nameless stew;slop

[1847+;origin unknown; perhaps a vaguely echoic denigrating coinage related to slum1]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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