- 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.
- foul or unclean, esp. as the result of neglect or unsanitary conditions
- wretched; miserable; sordid
Origin of squalidClassical Latin squalidus ; from squalere, to be foul or filthy
- Dirty or deteriorated, especially 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 of squalidLatin squālidus, from squālēre, to be filthy, from squālus, filthy.
- squal′id·ness, squa·lid′i·ty
(comparative more squalid, superlative most squalid)
- (zoology) Any member of the Squalidae.
From Latin squalidus, from squalere ‘be rough or dirty’.