shantytown

[ shan-tee-toun ]
/ ˈʃæn tiˌtaʊn /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. shantey,
  2. shanti,
  3. shantou,
  4. shantung,
  5. shanty,
  6. shanxi,
  7. shaoxing,
  8. shaoyang,
  9. shape,
  10. shape note

Origin of shantytown

First recorded in 1880–85; shanty1 + town

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British Dictionary definitions for shantytown

shantytown

/ (ˈʃæntɪˌtaʊn) /

noun

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

shantytown

n.

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

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