slum Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “slum” in the English Dictionary

"slum" in British English

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slumnoun [C]

uk   us   /slʌm/
a very ​poor and ​crowdedarea, ​especially of a ​city: an inner-city slum She was ​brought up in the slums of Lima. informal disapproving a very ​untidy or ​dirtyplace: This ​house would be an ​absolute slum if I wasn't here to ​clean it.
adjective uk   us   /ˈslʌm.i/
She ​found herself in a slummy back ​street.


uk   us   /slʌm/ informal
slum it to ​spendtime in ​conditions that are much less good than the ​standard that you are used to: We ​ran out of ​money on ​holiday and had to slum it in ​cheaphostels.
(Definition of slum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slum" in American English

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slumnoun [C]

 us   /slʌm/
a very ​poor and ​crowdedarea of a ​city: She ​works with ​children in a ​rough New Jersey slum.

slumverb [I]

 us   /slʌm/ (-mm-) infml
to ​visit a slum, or to ​work doing something that is not ​suitable: Did you ​feel you were slumming by writing this ​kind of ​popularfiction?
(Definition of slum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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