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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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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 shantytown
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for shantytown

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]

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