squalid ADJECTIVE 1) extremely dirty and unpleasant. 2) showing a contemptible lack of moral standards: a squalid attempt to buy votes.
ORIGIN Latin squalidus, from squalere 'be rough or dirty' .

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  • Squalid — Squal id (skw[o^]l [i^]d), a. [L. squalidus, fr. squalere to be foul or filthy.] Dirty through neglect; foul; filthy; extremely dirty. [1913 Webster] Uncombed his locks, and squalid his attire. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Those squalid dens, which are …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squalid — index destitute, repulsive, sordid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • squalid — 1590s, from M.Fr. squalide, from L. squalidus rough, coated with dirt, filthy, related to squales filth, squalus filthy, squalare be covered with a rough, scaly layer, be coated with dirt, be filthy, of uncertain origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • squalid — *dirty, nasty, filthy, foul Analogous words: slovenly, unkempt, disheveled, sloppy, *slipshod: sordid, abject (see MEAN adj): *slatternly, frowzy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • squalid — [adj] poor, run down abominable, base, broken down, decayed, despicable, dingy, dirty, disgusting, disheveled, fetid, filthy, foul, grimy, gruesome, horrible, horrid, ignoble, impure, low, mean, miry, moldy, muddy, musty, nasty, odorous,… …   New thesaurus

  • squalid — [skwäl′id, skwôl′id] adj. [L squalidus < squalere, to be foul or filthy] 1. foul or unclean, esp. as the result of neglect or unsanitary conditions 2. wretched; miserable; sordid squalidity [skwä lid′ə tē, skwôlid′ə tē] n. squalidness… …   English World dictionary

  • squalid — [[t]skwɒ̱lɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A squalid place is dirty, untidy, and in bad condition. He followed her up a rickety staircase to a squalid bedsit... The migrants have been living in squalid conditions. 2) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) Squalid… …   English dictionary

  • squalid — squal|id [ˈskwɔlıd US ˈskwa: ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: squalidus, from squalere to be dirty , from squalus dirty ] 1.) very dirty and unpleasant because of a lack of care or money →↑squalor ▪ How can anyone live in such squalid… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • squalid — squal|id [ skwalıd ] adjective 1. ) a place that is squalid is dirty and unpleasant: the squalid conditions in the camp 2. ) something that is squalid is unpleasant because it involves dishonest, illegal, or immoral behavior …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • squalid — adjective 1 dirty and unpleasant because of a lack of care or money: How can anyone live in such squalid conditions? | a tiny squalid apartment 2 involving low moral standards or dishonesty; sordid (1): a squalid tale of sex and corruption see… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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