adjective, slum·mi·er, slum·mi·est.

of, relating to, or characteristic of a slum: a slummy part of town.

Origin of slummy

First recorded in 1855–60; slum + -y1
Related formsslum·mi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slummy

Historical Examples of slummy

  • We then drove to the gardens, which lie across the river, in quite a slummy part of the town.

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • The narrow streets of Westminster are curious and interesting, if occasionally just a trifle "slummy."

  • Don't you believe she has been led away into any slummy place, for the sake of politics or anything else.


    William Black

Word Origin and History for slummy

1873, from slum (n.) + -y (2). Related: Slummily; slumminess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper