Slum meaning

slŭm
The definition of a slum is a house or a neighborhood that is in poor condition and that is generally considered unsafe and not nice to live or be in.

A dangerous and dirty part of town is an example of a slum.

A building that is falling down and in disrepair is an example of a slum.

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To slum is to engage in behavior or hang out with people below your social class.

When a rich person goes to spend time in a really poor neighborhood, this is an example of a time when he slums.

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A heavily populated urban area characterized by substandard housing and squalor.

Grew up in a slum near downtown; lived in the slums by the river.

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To visit impoverished areas or squalid locales, especially out of curiosity or for amusement.
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A usually heavily populated area of a city, characterized by poverty, poor housing, etc.
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Something considered to be like a slum, as in being dilapidated or dirty.
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To visit a slum or other place condescendingly regarded as inferior to what one is accustomed to.
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To deal with conditions or engage in an activity condescendingly regarded as inferior to what one is accustomed to.
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A dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty.

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To visit a neighborhood of a status below one's own.
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To associate with people or engage in activities with a status below one's own.
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slum it
  • To endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of slum

  • Origin unknown

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