[ skwol-id, skwaw-lid ]
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  1. foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy.

  2. wretched; miserable; degraded; sordid.

Origin of squalid

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

synonym study For squalid

1. See dirty.

Other words for squalid

Other words from squalid

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

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British Dictionary definitions for squalid


/ (ˈskwɒlɪd) /

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

  2. sordid

Origin of squalid

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

Derived forms of squalid

  • squalidity (skwɒˈlɪdɪtɪ) or squalidness, noun
  • squalidly, adverb

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