Definition of slumlike in US English:



  • (of a place) squalid and overcrowded.

    ‘the hardships of the poor dwelling in slumlike conditions’
    • ‘Authorities began demolishing their slum-like makeshift camps on Sunday.’
    • ‘The $150 million project, aimed at improving slumlike housing projects, signals a new approach to housing the poor in Yonkers.’
    • ‘I was amazed that a literal wall of jungle segregated the luxurious, landscaped, and ordered spaces of tourists from the slumlike living conditions of the workers.’
    • ‘The city is divided into eight sections ranging from slum-like to plush.’
    • ‘On a drive into the capital city, one cannot help but notice slum-like settlements.’
    • ‘It has filthy, slumlike outlying areas that appear to expand annually in a haphazard manner.’
    • ‘Once a deprived, slum like area, the Sydney suburb of Paddington is now among the city's most affluent.’
    • ‘Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took up residence there during his 1966 campaign for fair housing, to highlight the slum-like conditions produced by poverty, unemployment and racism.’
    • ‘It will condemn countless children to further years in often slum like school conditions.’
    • ‘They have been corralled off in a small, slum-like corner of the city.’
    • ‘The landlords had neglected the upkeep a few years back and it had got a bit slum like.’
    dirty, filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky, slummy, slum-like, foul, vile, low, poor, sorry, wretched, dismal, dingy, miserable, mean, nasty, seedy, shabby, sordid, sleazy, insalubrious, slovenly, repulsive, disgusting
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