verb (used without object), slummed, slum·ming.
- slumber party,
Origin of slum
Examples from the Web for slum
More serious still, the slum dwellers face enormous risk from unsafely built environments.
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|DAILY BEAST
A five-minute stroll from the memorial hall, in the slum he lives in, Cheng adopts a different tone.
In 1971, slum dwellers accounted for one in six Mumbai residents.City Leaders Are in Love With Density but Most City Dwellers Disagree|Joel Kotkin|September 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Police have reclaimed 33 slum communities once dominated by drug traffickers.
The distance, and the fact of the church being in a slum, he maintained, would not be in itself a drawback.Evelyn Innes|George Moore
I spoke of the instinct for the crowd in the tenement house boy as evidence that the slum had got its grip on him.A Ten Year War|Jacob A. Riis
Liquor in large quantities was distributed among the slum classes further to inflame their minds.The Iron Heel|Jack London
That night the police were fortunate enough to capture both Murdock and Wickham in a Liverpool slum.A Master of Mysteries|L. T. Meade
She discovered his lodgings at last, in a slum on the lower east side.The Nest Builder|Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
verb slums, slumming or slummed (intr)
Word Origin 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.