Meaning of “slum” in the English Dictionary

"slum" in British English

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slumnoun [ C ]

uk /slʌm/ us /slʌm/
adjective uk /ˈslʌm.i/ us /ˈslʌm.i/

She found herself in a slummy back street.


uk /slʌm/ us /slʌm/ informal
slum it

to spend time 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 cheap hostels.

(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 crowded area 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 popular fiction?

(Definition of “slum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)