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slum

 (slŭm)
n. often slums
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.
intr.v. slummed, slum·ming, slums
To visit impoverished areas or squalid locales, especially out of curiosity or for amusement.
Idiom:
slum it
To endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to.

[Origin unknown.]

slum′mer n.
slum′my adj.

slum

(slʌm)
n
1. a squalid overcrowded house, etc
2. (Human Geography) (often plural) a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
3. (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of slums: slum conditions.
vb (intr) , slums, slumming or slummed
4. to visit slums, esp for curiosity
5. Also: slum it to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
[C19: originally slang, of obscure origin]
ˈslummer n
ˈslummy adj

slum

(slʌm)

n., v. slummed, slum•ming. n.
1. Often, slums. a run-down part of a city, usu. thickly populated by poor people.
2. any squalid, run-down place to live.
v.i.
3. to visit slums, esp. out of curiosity.
4. to visit or frequent a place, esp. an amusement spot, considered low in social status.
[1805–15; compare argot slum room]

slum


Past participle: slummed
Gerund: slumming

Imperative
slum
slum
Present
I slum
you slum
he/she/it slums
we slum
you slum
they slum
Preterite
I slummed
you slummed
he/she/it slummed
we slummed
you slummed
they slummed
Present Continuous
I am slumming
you are slumming
he/she/it is slumming
we are slumming
you are slumming
they are slumming
Present Perfect
I have slummed
you have slummed
he/she/it has slummed
we have slummed
you have slummed
they have slummed
Past Continuous
I was slumming
you were slumming
he/she/it was slumming
we were slumming
you were slumming
they were slumming
Past Perfect
I had slummed
you had slummed
he/she/it had slummed
we had slummed
you had slummed
they had slummed
Future
I will slum
you will slum
he/she/it will slum
we will slum
you will slum
they will slum
Future Perfect
I will have slummed
you will have slummed
he/she/it will have slummed
we will have slummed
you will have slummed
they will have slummed
Future Continuous
I will be slumming
you will be slumming
he/she/it will be slumming
we will be slumming
you will be slumming
they will be slumming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been slumming
you have been slumming
he/she/it has been slumming
we have been slumming
you have been slumming
they have been slumming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been slumming
you will have been slumming
he/she/it will have been slumming
we will have been slumming
you will have been slumming
they will have been slumming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been slumming
you had been slumming
he/she/it had been slumming
we had been slumming
you had been slumming
they had been slumming
Conditional
I would slum
you would slum
he/she/it would slum
we would slum
you would slum
they would slum
Past Conditional
I would have slummed
you would have slummed
he/she/it would have slummed
we would have slummed
you would have slummed
they would have slummed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slum - a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditionsslum - a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions
city district - a district of a town or city
shantytown - a city district inhabited by people living in huts and shanties
skid row - a city district frequented by vagrants and alcoholics and addicts
Verb1.slum - spend time at a lower socio-economic level than one's own, motivated by curiosity or desire for adventure; usage considered condescending and insensitive; "attending a motion picture show by the upper class was considered sluming in the early 20th century"
spend, pass - pass time in a specific way; "how are you spending your summer vacation?"

slum

noun hovel, ghetto, shanty I grew up in a slum in the East End.
Translations
حَي فَقير مُكْتَظ بالسُّكّانحَيُّ الْفُقَرَاءِ
brlohyslum
slum
slummi
favelletaudis
sirotinjska četvrt
nyomornegyed
fátækrahverfi
スラム街
빈민가
lūšnų kvartalaslūšnynas
graustigraustu rajons
revna četrt
slum
สลัม
gecekondukenar mahalle
nhà ổ chuột

slum

[slʌm]
A. N (= area) → barrio m bajo, suburbio m, colonia f proletaria (Mex), barriada f (Peru); (= house) → casucha f, tugurio m, chabola f (Sp)
the slumslos barrios bajos, los suburbios
they live in a slumviven en una casucha or en un tugurio
this house will be a slum in ten yearsdentro de diez años esta casa será una ruina
they've made their house a slumsu casa es un desastre
B. VT to slum it (esp Brit) → vivir como pobres; (= live cheaply) → vivir muy barato
C. VI to slum; go slummingvisitar los barrios bajos
D. CPD slum area Nbarrio m bajo
slum clearance Ndeschabolización f
slum clearance programme Nprograma m de deschabolización
slum dweller Nbarriobajero/a m/f
slum dwelling Ntugurio m

slum

[ˈslʌm] ntaudis m

slum

n (usu pl: = area) → Slum m, → Elendsviertel nt; (= house)Elendsquartier nt; to live in the slumsin den Slums leben
vi (also go slumming)sich unters gemeine Volk mischen
vti (inf: also slum it) → primitiv leben; we don’t often see you (a)round here — I’m slumming (it)du lässt dich doch sonst kaum hier sehen! — ich will mich eben mal unters gemeine Volk mischen

slum

:
slum children
plSlumkinder pl
slum clearance
n˜ (Stadt)sanierung f, → Beseitigung fder Slums
slum dweller
nSlumbewohner(in) m(f)

slum

[slʌm] n (house) → catapecchia, tugurio
to live in the slums → vivere nei quartieri bassi

slum

(slam) noun
a group of houses, blocks of flats, street etc where the conditions are dirty and overcrowded and the building(s) usually in a bad state. That new block of flats is rapidly turning into a slum; a slum dwelling.
the slums
the area(s) of a town etc where there are slums. As a social worker, she does a lot of work in the slums.

slum

حَيُّ الْفُقَرَاءِ slum slum Slum τρώγλη barriada pobre, tugurio slummi taudis sirotinjska četvrt malfamato スラム街 빈민가 achterbuurt slum dzielnica nędzy bairro degradado, favela трущобы slum สลัม gecekondu nhà ổ chuột 贫民窟
References in classic literature ?
He came again to the slum districts, to avenues of saloons and cheap stores, with long dingy red factory buildings, and coalyards and railroad tracks; and then Jurgis lifted up his head and began to sniff the air like a startled animal--scenting the far-off odor of home.
A gipsy encampment to-day is little more than a moving slum, a scab of squalor on the fair face of the countryside.
Jansenius can bear death and misery with perfect fortitude when it is on a large scale and hidden in a back slum.
He passed up the gang-plank to the village, and with no more prelude than a Salvation Army picket in a Portsmouth slum, cried: "Oh, my brothers
There's been a big Slum Dinner up at Pilgrim's Pond tonight; and a man, one of the guests, disappeared.
I saw a little mite sitting on a doorstep in a Soho slum one night, and I shall never forget the look that the gas-lamp showed me on its wizen face--a look of dull despair, as if from the squalid court the vista of its own squalid life had risen, ghostlike, and struck its heart dead with horror.
When he had a study (it was a little square room looking on a slum, and four boys shared it), he bought a photograph of that view of the Cathedral, and pinned it up over his desk.
An honest and natural slum dialect is more tolerable than the attempt of a phonetically untaught person to imitate the vulgar dialect of the golf club; and I am sorry to say that in spite of the efforts of our Academy of Dramatic Art, there is still too much sham golfing English on our stage, and too little of the noble English of Forbes Robertson.
But with Ralph, if he broke away, she knew that it would be only to put himself under harsher constraint; she figured him toiling through sandy deserts under a tropical sun to find the source of some river or the haunt of some fly; she figured him living by the labor of his hands in some city slum, the victim of one of those terrible theories of right and wrong which were current at the time; she figured him prisoner for life in the house of a woman who had seduced him by her misfortunes.
His mind seemed to turn, on the instant, into a vast camera obscura, and he saw arrayed around his consciousness endless pictures from his life, of stoke-holes and forecastles, camps and beaches, jails and boozing-kens, fever-hospitals and slum streets, wherein the thread of association was the fashion in which he had been addressed in those various situations.
Without arguing this matter of my general reputation, accepting it at its current face value, let me add that I have indeed lived life in a very rough school and have seen more than the average man's share of inhumanity and cruelty, from the forecastle and the prison, the slum and the desert, the execution-chamber and the lazar-house, to the battlefield and the military hospital.
I remember, when spending several months in the East End of London, during which time I wrote a book and adventured much amongst the worst of the slum classes, that I got drunk several times and was mightily wroth with myself because it interfered with my writing.