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slum

[sluhm] /slʌm/
noun
1.
Often, slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.
2.
any squalid, run-down place to live.
verb (used without object), slummed, slumming.
3.
to visit slums, especially from curiosity.
4.
to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; compare earlier argot slum room; origin obscure
Related forms
slummer, noun
deslum, verb (used with object), deslummed, deslumming.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-slum

slum

/slʌm/
noun
1.
a squalid overcrowded house, etc
2.
(often pl) a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
3.
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of slums slum conditions
verb (intransitive) slums, slumming, slummed
4.
to visit slums, esp for curiosity
5.
Also slum it. to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
Derived Forms
slummer, noun
slummy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: originally slang, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for de-slum
slum
1845, from back slum "back alley, street of poor people" (1825), originally a slang word meaning "room," especially "back room" (1812), of unknown origin. Go slumming is from 1884, pastime popularized by East End novels. Slumlord first attested 1953, from slum landlord (1893).
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Slang definitions & phrases for de-slum

slum 1

v,v phr

To visit places or consort with persons below one's place or dignity; mix with one's inferiors: So we went slumming over in Philadelphia

[1884+; fr slum, ''wretched poor area,'' origin unknown]


slum 2

noun

Any inferior and esp unidentifiable food or drink; a nasty nameless stew;slop

[1847+;origin unknown; perhaps a vaguely echoic denigrating coinage related to slum1]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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