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shantytown

[shan-tee-toun]
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noun
  1. a section, as of a city or town, characterized by shanties and crudely built houses.
  2. a whole town or city that is chiefly made up of shantylike houses.
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Origin of shantytown

First recorded in 1880–85; shanty1 + town
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  • I came to my senses in one of the bedrooms of the Shantytown Hotel.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

    Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

  • He got back in his car and peeled across the road to the shantytown and the guesthouse.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • Suzanne walked them through the shantytown, watching their reactions closely.

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  • They got in the car and drove across the road to the shantytown.

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  • They made it in the shantytown and fortified it with fruits, like a Belgian beer.

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British Dictionary definitions for shantytown

shantytown

noun
  1. a town or section of a town or city inhabited by very poor people living in shanties, esp in a developing country
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Word Origin and History for shantytown

n.

also shanty town, 1836, from shanty (n.1) + town.

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