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slum

[sluhm] /slʌm/
noun
1.
Often, slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.
2.
any squalid, run-down place to live.
verb (used without object), slummed, slumming.
3.
to visit slums, especially from curiosity.
4.
to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.
Origin of slum
1805-1815
1805-15; compare earlier argot slum room; origin obscure
Related forms
slummer, noun
deslum, verb (used with object), deslummed, deslumming.
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  • Four hours' slumming convinced me of this, and must convince anyone.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • There's something most distasteful to me, too, about Thyme's going about slumming.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • A year or two ago it was the mode in Society to go “slumming.”

    The Seven Secrets William Le Queux
  • I think, of all the humbugs of London society, slumming is about the worst.'

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy
  • How Miss Alice would like that—to catch me going 'slumming' with my maid!

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
  • At last Leah took the word: "We have come while Florrie is at her slumming—"

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • But I know that you will not approve of a slumming party, and I cannot say that I do.

    An Arkansas Planter Opie Percival Read
  • No slumming—and, in any case, there's none to be done in Forest Gate.

    August First

    Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
British Dictionary definitions for slumming

slum

/slʌm/
noun
1.
a squalid overcrowded house, etc
2.
(often pl) a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
3.
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of slums: slum conditions
verb (intransitive) slums, slumming, slummed
4.
to visit slums, esp for curiosity
5.
Also slum it. to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
Derived Forms
slummer, noun
slummy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: originally slang, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for slumming

slum

n.

1845, from back slum "dirty back alley of a city, street of poor or low people" (1825), originally a slang or cant word meaning "room," especially "back room" (1812), of unknown origin, pastime popularized by East End novels. Related: slums. Slumscape is from 1947.

slum

v.

"visit slums of a city," especially for diversion or amusement, often under guise of philanthropy, 1884, from slum (n.). Pastime popularized by East End novels. Earlier it meant to visit slums for disreputable purposes or in search of vice (1860). Related: Slumming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slumming

slum 1

v,v phr

To visit places or consort with persons below one's place or dignity; mix with one's inferiors: So we went slumming over in Philadelphia

[1884+; fr slum, ''wretched poor area,'' origin unknown]

slum 2

noun

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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