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
Shirley MacLaine, slumming across the pond in Downton Abbey, talks with Sandra McElwaine.‘A Certain Age’—Shirley MacLaine Rattles Downton Abbey | Sandra McElwaine | December 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
What starts out as Casual Friday must metastasize eventually into Slumming Sunday.
If you were considerably older and knew how to speak French, the slumming might prove interesting—for one evening.Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons
I'll be delighted to go slumming for you any time again that you say, and please don't mind asking me.The Witness | Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
How Miss Alice would like that—to catch me going 'slumming' with my maid!Miss Billy's Decision | Eleanor H. Porter
It wasn't exactly slumming—and besides, he really went to study the people—didn't you, Gilbert?The Cruise of the Make-Believes | Tom Gallon
But subsequently she goes slumming with Doris to such good purpose that the latter turns sick of the whole thing.
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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