- The definition of squalid is something that is very dirty, foul or conditions that are unsanitary and unhealthy.
An example of squalid is the appearance of a shack in which a homeless person has been living.
squalid definition by Webster's New World
- foul or unclean, esp. as the result of neglect or unsanitary conditions
- wretched; miserable; sordid
Origin: Classical Latin squalidus ; from squalere, to be foul or filthy
squalid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care. See Synonyms at dirty.
- Morally repulsive; sordid: “the squalid atmosphere of intrigue, betrayal, and counterbetrayal” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
Origin: Latin squālidus, from squālēre, to be filthy, from squālus, filthy.
- squalˈid·ly adverb
- squalˈid·ness, squa·lidˈi·ty noun