Definition of squalid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskwɒlɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːlɪd//
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  1. 1(of places and living conditions) very dirty and unpleasant synonym filthy squalid housing squalid, overcrowded refugee camps
  2. 2(of situations or activities) involving low moral standards or dishonest behaviour synonym sordid It was a squalid affair involving prostitutes and drugs.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin squalidus, from squalere ‘be rough or dirty’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: squalid