[ sluhm ]
/ slʌm /
Often slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.
any squalid, run-down place to live.
verb (used without object), slummed, slum·ming.
to visit slums, especially from curiosity.
to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.
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Origin of slum
1805–15; compare earlier argot slum room; origin obscure
OTHER WORDS FROM slumslum·mer, nounde·slum, verb (used with object), de·slummed, de·slum·ming.
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British Dictionary definitions for slummer
/ (slʌm) /
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
verb slums, slumming or slummed (intr)
to visit slums, esp for curiosity
Also: slum it to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
Derived forms of slumslummer, nounslummy, adjective
Word Origin for slum
C19: originally slang, of obscure origin
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