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squalid (ˈskwɒlɪd Pronunciation for squalid



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

Derived Forms

squalidity (skwɒˈlɪdɪtɪ Pronunciation for squalidity , ˈsqualidness noun
ˈsqualidly adverb

Word Origin

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

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'

Around River's seventh birthday, the family was destitute, living in a squalid beach hut in Caracas.
Misc (1995)
But there is no iron law (although there may be British common law) to say that rented property has to be a squalid rip-off.
Spiked (2003)
He was heartily sick and tired of the squalid parliamentary deals that being the Prime Minister of a minority inevitably entailed.
Routledge, Paul Madam Speaker - The Life of Betty Boothroyd
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)
It was the making of children he was about, and, squalid as it was, Fletcher had been obliged to do the same.
The Iraqi Shi'ites have seen the squalid slum Iran has become under the mullahs ' rule.
The Australian (2005)
`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


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