- Often slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.
- any squalid, run-down place to live.
- to visit slums, especially from curiosity.
- to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.
Origin of slum
Examples from the Web for slum
More serious still, the slum dwellers face enormous risk from unsafely built environments.Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum
August 25, 2014
With a group of young men in the slum he formed Rock Angels, a drag act performing dance, music and drama.Uganda Gays Face New Wave of Fear Under Anti-Gay Bill
February 24, 2014
A five-minute stroll from the memorial hall, in the slum he lives in, Cheng adopts a different tone.China Propagandizes Rape Of Nanjing Survivors
December 29, 2013
In 1971, slum dwellers accounted for one in six Mumbai residents.City Leaders Are in Love With Density but Most City Dwellers Disagree
September 16, 2013
Police have reclaimed 33 slum communities once dominated by drug traffickers.Rio’s Security Crisis
August 7, 2013
If they were poor, like the slum people, I could understand it better.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Slum slid from the bar to the ground, and his deep-set eyes were smiling again.
Slum lowered his cocktail and turned a disgusted look on him.
It was like a slum hidden away in the heart of a fashionable city.The Hound From The North
The same procedure was followed at noon when slum was served.The Delta of the Triple Elevens
William Elmer Bachman
- a squalid overcrowded house, etc
- (often plural) a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
- (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of slumsslum conditions
- to visit slums, esp for curiosity
- Also: slum it to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
Word Origin and History for slum
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.
"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.