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

 

slum

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//slʌm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slum
BrE BrE//slʌm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌm//
 
he / she / it slums
BrE BrE//slʌmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌmz//
 
past simple slummed
BrE BrE//slʌmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌmd//
 
past participle slummed
BrE BrE//slʌmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌmd//
 
-ing form slumming
BrE BrE//ˈslʌmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslʌmɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (slumming, slummed) [intransitive] (also be slumming) (informal) to spend time in places or conditions that are much worse than those you are used to There are plenty of ways you can cut costs on your trip without slumming.
  • Word Origin early 19th cent. (originally slang, in the sense ‘room’): of unknown origin.Idioms (often humorous) to accept conditions that are worse than those you are used to Several businessmen had to slum it in economy class.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slum

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