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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.
slum it
To endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to.

[Origin unknown.]

slum′mer n.
slum′my adj.
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(ˈslʌm i)

adj. -mi•er, -mi•est.
being or resembling a slum.
slum′mi•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.slummy - (of housing or residential areas) indicative of poverty; "a slummy part of town"; "slum conditions"
poor - characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"
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[ˈslʌmɪ] ADJmuy pobre, sórdido
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adj (+er) (inf)verwahrlost; slummy districtSlumgegend f
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[ˈslʌmɪ] adj (buildings) → povero/a, squallido/a; (appearance) → misero/a
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