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slurb Syllabification: slurb

Definition of slurb in English:


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
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  • 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.
  • The myth of our intense 'urbanisation' is dispelled by the reality of the bleak homogeneity of the 'slurb'.


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

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