slumlord

[sluhm-lawrd]

noun

a landlord who owns slum buildings, especially one who fails to maintain or improve the buildings and charges tenants exorbitant rents.

Nearby words

  1. slumbershade,
  2. slumbery,
  3. slumdweller,
  4. slumgullion,
  5. slumism,
  6. slummy,
  7. slump,
  8. slump test,
  9. slumpflation,
  10. slung

Origin of slumlord

First recorded in 1950–55; slum + lord

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British Dictionary definitions for slumlord

slumlord

noun

informal, mainly US and Canadian an absentee landlord of slum property, esp one who profiteers
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Word Origin and History for slumlord

slumlord

n.

also slum-lord, 1899, from slum landlord (1885); see slum (n.) + landlord.

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