A usually run-down section of a city frequented by indigent alcoholics, vagrants, derelicts, etc.
A squalid district inhabited chiefly by derelicts and vagrants.
Origin of skid-row
- Alteration of skid road (from the fact that it once referred to a downtown area frequented by loggers)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably from skid road (“a road along which logs were skidded"), transferred to the streets of towns where loggers had recreation on their time off.