Definition of slum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//slʌm//
; NAmE NAmE//slʌm//
Poverty and famine
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an area of a city that is very poor and where the houses are dirty and in bad condition a slum area city/urban slums She was brought up in the slums of Leeds. slum clearance schemes a plan to rehouse slum dwellers a kid from the slums born in the slums of East London Wordfinderamenity, city, ghetto, high-rise, metropolitan, population, slum, suburb, town, urban See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally slang, in the sense ‘room’): of unknown origin.
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