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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
1880-1885
1880-85; shanty1 + town
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  • Within hours, troops swept into the shantytown and burned down every structure except a bank.
  • It was a shantytown, with hundreds and hundreds of houses packed on to one hillside near the river.
  • It can also alleviate some of the pain of shantytown life with appropriate technology.
  • The family has settled into its mostly renovated house, which adjoins a muddy shantytown.
  • Development was heading eastward and the presence of this shantytown was seen as an impediment.
British Dictionary definitions for shantytown

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.

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

shantytown

noun
  1. A poor, dilapidated neighborhood
  2. cluster of makeshift dwellings, often on the edge of a town and inhabited by the vagrant or the very poor; hooverville (1876+)

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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