Definition of shantytown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHan(t)ēˌtoun/


A deprived area on the outskirts of a town consisting of large numbers of crude dwellings.
Example sentences
  • The township is a sprawling shanty town and squatter camp hidden by the bush.
  • I'd rather get within ten feet of someone who lives in township or a shanty town, because there are a great many of them.
  • The so-called port at Siem Reap is actually a huge shanty town where the jetty is literally collapsing into the water.

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Syllabification: shan·ty·town

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