slum

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Slum homes in Saigon, Vietnam.

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Early 19th century (originally slang, in the sense ‘room’ esp ‘back room’ (attested 1812)): of unknown origin

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NounEdit

slum ‎(plural slums)

  1. A dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty.
    Go to the half built-upon slums behind Battlebridge [...] you will find groups of boys [...] squatting in the mud, among the rubbish, the broken bricks, the dust-heaps, and the fragments of timber [...].

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slum ‎(third-person singular simple present slums, present participle slumming, simple past and past participle slummed)

  1. To visit a neighborhood of a status below one's own.
  2. To associate with people or engage in activities with a status below one's own.

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