squalor

[skwol-er, skwaw-ler]

noun

the condition of being squalid; filth and misery.

Nearby words

  1. squalidity,
  2. squalidly,
  3. squall,
  4. squall line,
  5. squally,
  6. squam-,
  7. squama,
  8. squamate,
  9. squamation,
  10. squamiform

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

squalor

noun

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

squalor

n.

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

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