[ shan-tee-toun ]
/ ˈʃæn tiˌtaʊn /


a section, as of a city or town, characterized by shanties and crudely built houses.
a whole town or city that is chiefly made up of shantylike houses.

Words nearby shantytown

Origin of shantytown

First recorded in 1880–85; shanty1 + town Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for shantytown

/ (ˈʃæntɪˌtaʊn) /


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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