Slum Definition

slŭm
slummed, slumming, slums
noun
slums
A usually heavily populated area of a city, characterized by poverty, poor housing, etc.
Webster's New World
Something considered to be like a slum, as in being dilapidated or dirty.
Webster's New World

A dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty.

Wiktionary
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verb
slummed, slumming, slums
To visit impoverished areas or squalid locales, especially out of curiosity or for amusement.
American Heritage
To visit a slum or other place condescendingly regarded as inferior to what one is accustomed to.
Webster's New World
To deal with conditions or engage in an activity condescendingly regarded as inferior to what one is accustomed to.
Webster's New World
To associate with people or engage in activities with a status below one's own.
Wiktionary
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idiom
slum it
  • To endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Slum

Noun

Singular:
slum
Plural:
slums

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Slum

Origin of Slum

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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