slum

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Slum homes in Mumbai, India.

Etymology[edit]

Early 19th century (originally slang, in the sense ‘room’ esp ‘back room’ (attested 1812)): of unknown origin

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Noun[edit]

slum ‎(plural slums)

  1. A dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty.
    • Charles Dickens, Gambling.
      Go to the half built-upon slums behind Battlebridge [] you will find groups of boys [] squatting in the mud, among the rubbish, the broken bricks, the dust-heaps, and the fragments of timber []

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Verb[edit]

slum ‎(third-person singular simple present slums, present participle slumming, simple past and past participle slummed)

  1. To visit a neighborhood of a status below one's own.
  2. To associate with people or engage in activities with a status below one's own.

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