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shantytown

[shan-tee-toun] /ˈʃæn tiˌtaʊn/
noun
1.
a section, as of a city or town, characterized by shanties and crudely built houses.
2.
a whole town or city that is chiefly made up of shantylike houses.
Origin of shantytown
1880-1885
1880-85; shanty1 + town
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  • He found the small boat, headed for the beach below shanty town, mounted the cayuse, and climbed the steep road to the prairie.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • "It won't do any harm to keep an eye on shanty town, all the same," declared his companion, fiercely.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • The other boarded the ferry and was landed at the cut north of shanty town, from where it made toward the Norwegian's.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • "Jes' let thet scalawag call again," he cried, shaking a crutch toward shanty town.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • And behind shanty town, on the open prairie, he brought the horse to a halt.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • It may have been a hunter, she reasoned, or a drunken trooper, or one of the shanty town gang.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • Hurling a final defy toward shanty town, he disappeared behind the partition.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • He rode to shanty town, loosened the cinch, and led the animal up and down before the deserted huts.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • A group of men were gathered in the swale between the shack and shanty town.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • As each man of the rescuing party splashed out upon the sandy beach before shanty town, he headed for the open level.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for shanty town

shantytown

/ˈʃæntɪˌtaʊn/
noun
1.
a town or section of a town or city inhabited by very poor people living in shanties, esp in a developing country
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Word Origin and History for shanty town

shantytown

n.

also shanty town, 1836, from shanty (n.1) + town.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shanty town

shanty

noun

  1. A rickety hut; a hovel; a shack (1820+)
  2. A caboose (Railroad)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr Irish sean-tig, ''old house''; perhaps fr Canadian French chantier, although this is more probably a borrowing of shanty]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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