[ skwol-id, skwaw-lid ]
/ ˈskwɒl ɪd, ˈskwɔ lɪd /


foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy.
wretched; miserable; degraded; sordid.

Origin of squalid

1585–95; < Latin squālidus dirty, equivalent to squāl(ēre) to be dirty, encrusted + -idus -id4

Related forms

squal·id·ly, adverbsqual·id·ness, squa·lid·i·ty [skwo-lid-i-tee] /skwɒˈlɪd ɪ ti/, noun

Synonym study

1. See dirty.
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British Dictionary definitions for squalid


/ (ˈskwɒlɪd) /


dirty and repulsive, esp as a result of neglect or poverty

Derived Forms

squalidity (skwɒˈlɪdɪtɪ) or squalidness, nounsqualidly, adverb

Word Origin for squalid

C16: from Latin squālidus, from squālēre to be stiff with dirt
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