Definition of slurb in US English:



  • An area of unplanned, poorly constructed suburban development.

    ‘many visitors leave with the image of the region being a land of sprawling slurbs jammed with millions of people’
    • ‘People have to go where the jobs are, and we all end up squashed into a slurb.’
    • ‘It's one of those towns that has a slurb around it.’
    • ‘Southern California's done its best to compound the damage by turning historic wildfire corridors into housing tracts, wetlands into marinas, flood plains into slurbs and deserts into parking lots.’
    • ‘Many out-of-state visitors travelling through the Delta area leave with the image of the region being a land of asphalt-covered, Formica-Modern, sprawling 'slurbs' jammed with millions of people.’
    • ‘The myth of our intense 'urbanisation' is dispelled by the reality of the bleak homogeneity of the 'slurb'.’
    • ‘He explained why he was leaving the big city to return home to the Midwest. He missed the woods he played in as a child and lamented the way 'slurbs' had taken over the landscape.’
    • ‘But millions of others make that daily commute to the city from their 5,000-square-foot mini-mansions in the "slurbs," deterred, at the moment, only by traffic and the time it takes to get home.’
    • ‘Renfrew Avenue South East was in the slurbs, the swathe of suburban slums in the unincorporated areas of the county stretching inland from the southern tip of Lake Washington’
    • ‘Ten years later, the civil crises threw the human floodgate open and overwhelmed the city and its slurbs.’
    • ‘Many parts of this city turned into a slurb.’


1960s: apparently from sl- (as in sloppy, sleazy, or slovenly) + -urb (in urban), though later regarded as a blend of slum and suburb.