Definition of subtopia in English:



mass nounBritish
  • Unsightly, sprawling suburban development.

    ‘I shall doubtless feel no more alien than anybody else in the prevailing subtopia because nobody will be working out of doors’
    • ‘‘The embers of the empire shimmer like a distant blood-soaked sunset as the urban subtopias of downtown blighty rumble to the rhythms of a brand new internationalism.’’
    • ‘Her sprawling, comic epic about multi-ethnic Britain, which uncovers a wonderland of magic realism in the London subtopias of Cricklewood Broadway and Willesden, beat a strong shortlist of four other books, all by American writers.’
    • ‘There are many varieties of downtown areas, and no two subtopias are alike.’
    • ‘Virtually in the countryside with breathtaking green hills and valleys, it's a very short drive - and even a pleasant walk - away from the urban communities of Hillsborough, Walkley, Crookes, and Broomhill, with a scattering of tiny subtopias and exurbias along the way.’
    • ‘Proposals for densification or adopting urban housing models are understandably slow to take root and have yet to make any discernible impact on the relentless march of subtopia.’


1950s: blend of suburb and utopia.