Often, slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.
any squalid, run-down place to live.
verb (used without object), slummed, slumming.
to visit slums, especially from curiosity.
to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.

1805–15; compare earlier argot slum room; origin obscure

slummer, noun
deslum, verb (used with object), deslummed, deslumming. Unabridged
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slum (slʌm)
1.  a squalid overcrowded house, etc
2.  (often plural) 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
vb , slums, slumming, slummed
4.  to visit slums, esp for curiosity
5.  Also: slum it to suffer conditions below those to which one is accustomed
[C19: originally slang, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
In the developing world a billion people live in urban slums, with another
  billion expected in the coming decades.
There he organized students to collect leftover medicines and visit slums to
  treat the inhabitants.
There are vast slums of dirt roads and shanties and a conspicuous homeless
  population in the heart of downtown.
Training barracks and battlefields replaced slums and tent cities as the film
  industry embraced the war effort.
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