Definition of slurb in US English:

slurb

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘The myth of our intense 'urbanisation' is dispelled by the reality of the bleak homogeneity of the 'slurb'.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People have to go where the jobs are, and we all end up squashed into a slurb.’
    • ‘Ten years later, the civil crises threw the human floodgate open and overwhelmed the city and its slurbs.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many parts of this city turned 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.’

Origin

1960s: blend of sl- (from sloppy, sleazy, etc., or slum) and suburb.

Pronunciation

slurb

/slərb//slərb/