from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavily populated urban area characterized by substandard housing and squalor. Often used in the plural.
- intransitive v. To visit impoverished areas or squalid locales, especially out of curiosity or for amusement.
- idiom slum it To endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty.
- v. To visit a neighborhood of a status below one's own.
- v. To associate with people or engage in activities with a status below one's own.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A foul back street of a city, especially one filled with a poor, dirty, degraded, and often vicious population; any low neighborhood or dark retreat; -- usually in the plural.
- n. Same as Slimes.
- intransitive v. To visit or frequent slums, esp. out of curiosity, or for purposes of study, etc. Also called go slumming.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To keep to back streets.
- To visit the slums of a city, often from mere curiosity or as a diversion.
- n. In metallurgy, same as slime, 3: chiefly in the plural.
- n. A dirty back street of a city, especially such a street inhabited by a squalid and criminal population; a low and dangerous neighborhood: chiefly in the plural: as, the slums of Whitechapel and Westminster in London.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spend time at a lower socio-economic level than one's own, motivated by curiosity or desire for adventure; usage considered condescending and insensitive
- n. a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions
In 2005, the Mugabe government launched what it called a slum clearance scheme, that bulldozed major shantytowns, brutally displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
In 2005, the Mugabe government launched what it called a slum clearance scheme that bulldozed major shanty towns, brutally displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
On the other hand, a good portion of the population seems to live in slum-like conditions and will for the foreseeable future.
The big expensive house where the rich live, surrounded by walls, with people living in slum-like conditions outside those walls.
Prince Charles: Dharavi slum is a model for sustainable living
Built for 500,000 people originally, Brasilia soon outgrew its urban plan, housing residents in slum-like satellite cities.
The slum is a direct by-product of the capitalist system of production.
The slum is their jungle, and they live and prey in the jungle.
And the man of the London slum is a very natural beast who expresses him self in a very natural manner.
In all the great cities, where they are segregated in slum ghettos by hundreds of thousands and by millions, their misery becomes beastliness.