A slum is a poor area of a big city. A slum is usually overcrowded and dirty, a discouraging place to live.

Some of a city's neighborhoods are fancy and full of wealthy people, while others are slums (and most are somewhere in between). In a slum, most people are poor. The living conditions are inferior in a slum, which may not have the stores, restaurants, and health services its residents want or need. In the early 1800's, the term was back slum, which meant "back alley" or "street of poor people," and was eventually shortened to simply slum.

Definitions of slum
  1. noun
    a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions
    synonyms: slum area
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    a city district inhabited by people living in huts and shanties
    skid row
    a city district frequented by vagrants and alcoholics and addicts
    type of:
    city district
    a district of a town or city
  2. verb
    spend time at a lower socio-economic level than one's own, motivated by curiosity or desire for adventure; usage considered condescending and insensitive
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    type of:
    pass, spend
    pass time in a specific way
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