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.
- slummer, noun
- de·slum, verb (used with object), de·slummed, de·slum·ming.
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How to use slum in a sentence
It will add more urban residents by 2050 than any other country, according to a 2014 UN estimate, and its slums are growing faster than its cities.
Until recently, Dashrath shared a common address with everyone around her—that of the slum itself.
More than a thousand homes, drainage chambers, community toilets, help centers, and drinking water tanks in the slum now have plus codes.
According to estimates, more than half of Nairobi’s four million people live in informal settlements, sometimes called slums.
The volunteers of the organisation provide a training program under which these women from slums, villages, govt.Menstruation Comes With Innumerable Taboos In India | LGBTQ-Editor | May 29, 2020 | No Straight News
Two hundred girls are weaving in and out of dirty alleys in the seaside slum of West Point, Liberia.
More serious still, the slum dwellers face enormous risk from unsafely built environments.
Some argue that these migrants are better off than previous slum dwellers since they ride motorcycles and have cellphones.
Hell, it worked for Tokyo in the 20th—after that city was decimated by Allied bombers, it was basically one big slum.
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 | Caelainn Hogan | February 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I, followed the fates of my little slum-boys—and what I saw was that Tammany Hall was getting them.The Profits of Religion | Upton Sinclair
Many are the shocking sights and sad experiences I have witnessed in street and slum work.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
This slum must be our rendezvous when all's over; for hark ye, my lads, I'll not budge an inch till Luke Bradley be set free.Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
Puffs of energy had raised high buildings over there; over there an eccentric subsidence had left behind it a slum.The Women of Tomorrow | William Hard
In nine cases out of ten they are lads of normal impulses whose possibilities have all been smothered by the slum.Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
British Dictionary definitions for slum
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 slums: slum conditions
to visit slums, esp for curiosity
Also: slum it to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
- slummer, noun
- slummy, adjective
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