[ skwol-er, skwaw-ler ]
/ ˈskwɒl ər, ˈskwɔ lər /


the condition of being squalid; filth and misery.

Origin of squalor

1615–25; < Latin squālor dirtiness, equivalent to squāl(ēre) to be dirty, encrusted + -or -or1
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British Dictionary definitions for squalor


/ (ˈskwɒlə) /


the condition or quality of being squalid; disgusting dirt and filth

Word Origin for squalor

C17: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for squalor



1620s, "state or condition of being miserable and dirty," from Latin squalor, related to squalere "be filthy" (see squalid).

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