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[sluhm-ee] /ˈslʌm i/
adjective, slummier, slummiest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a slum:
a slummy part of town.
Origin of slummy
1855-60; slum + -y1
Related forms
slumminess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We then drove to the gardens, which lie across the river, in quite a slummy part of the town.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • The narrow streets of Westminster are curious and interesting, if occasionally just a trifle "slummy."

  • Don't you believe she has been led away into any slummy place, for the sake of politics or anything else.

    Sunrise William Black
Word Origin and History for slummy

1873, from slum (n.) + -y (2). Related: Slummily; slumminess.

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

slum 2


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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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