- 1(Of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect: the squalid, overcrowded prisonMore example sentences
dirty, filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky, slummy, slum-like, foul, vile, low, poor, sorry, wretched, dismal, dingy, miserable, mean, nasty, seedy, shabby, sordid, sleazy, insalubrious, slovenly, repulsive, disgusting; neglected, uncared-for, unmaintained, broken-down, run down, down at heel, dilapidated, ramshackle, tumbledown, gone to rack and ruin, crumbling, decayingBritish • informal grottyNorth American • informal shacky
- His room was squalid and packed with dirty clothes.
- He lives with five of his family in two tiny squalid rooms for which he pays 10,000 of the 15,000 dinars he earns a month.
- Some 1.2 million people have been displaced so far and are forced to live in squalid camps set up by the army to protect them from abductions.
- 1.1Showing or involving a contemptible lack of moral standards: a squalid attempt to save themselves from electoral embarrassmentMore example sentences
improper, sordid, unseemly, unsavoury, sleazy, seedy, seamy, shoddy, vile, foul, tawdry, louche, cheap, base, low, low-minded, nasty, debased, degenerate, depraved, corrupt, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, despicable, discreditable, disgraceful, contemptible, ignominious, ignoble, shameful, wretched, abhorrent, odious, abominable, disgusting• informal sleazoid
- His kindness and moral generosity I found uplifting in today's squalid world of denigration, spin and hypocrisy.
- Nobody comes well out of this squalid affair, but he emerges in a worse light than most.
- The history of trade negotiations is littered with hypocritical rhetoric and squalid deals.
late 16th century: from Latin squalidus, from squalere 'be rough or dirty'.