WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
slum /slʌm/USA pronunciation
n., v., slummed, slum•ming. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [no object]
- a run-down or dirty part of a city:The mayor promised to clean up the slums.
slum•mer, n. [countable]
- Idiomsto visit or spend time in a place, esp. an amusement spot, considered low in social status:to go slumming.
(slum),USA pronunciation n., v., slummed, slum•ming. n.
- Often, slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.
- any squalid, run-down place to live.
- to visit slums, esp. from curiosity.
- to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.
- 1805–15; compare earlier argot slum room; origin, originally obscure
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
slum /slʌm/ n
vb (slums, slumming, slummed)(intransitive)
- a squalid overcrowded house, etc
- (often plural) a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
- (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of slums: slum conditions
Etymology: 19th Century: originally slang, of obscure originˈslummy adj
- to visit slums, esp for curiosity
- Also: slum it to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
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