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squalid  (ˈskwɒlɪd



  1. dirty and repulsive, esp as a result of neglect or poverty
  2. sordid

Derived Forms

squalidity  (skwɒˈlɪdɪtɪ , ˈsqualidness  noun
ˈsqualidly  adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin squālidus, from squālēre to be stiff with dirt


View thesaurus entry
= dirty, filthy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, low, nasty, foul, disgusting, rundown, decayed, repulsive, poverty-stricken, unclean, fetid, slovenly, skanky (slang), slummy, yucky or yukky (slang), yucko (Australian) (slang), festy (Australian) (slang)

Translations for 'squalid'

  • British English: squalid A squalid place is dirty, untidy, and in bad condition. ADJECTIVEThe early industrial cities were squalid and unhealthy places.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: esquálido
  • Chinese: 脏乱的脏髒乱亂的
  • European Spanish: miserable
  • French: sordide
  • German: verkommen
  • Italian: sordido sordida
  • Japanese: むさくるしい
  • Korean: 불결한
  • Portuguese: esquálido
  • Spanish: miserable

Example Sentences Including 'squalid'

It was the making of children he was about, and, squalid as it was, Fletcher had been obliged to do the same.
`Don't they know that we're squalid licensed criminals, permitted to do the unthinkable in the name of patriotism?
Forbes, Bryan The Endless Game
How on earth did she react to the pathetic scruffs she must spend the bulk of her time with on her squalid pre-teenage exercise?
Hilton, John Buxton The Innocents at Home (A Superintendent Kenworthy novel)


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