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slum (n.)

1845, from back slum "dirty back alley of a city, street of poor or low people" (1825), originally a slang or cant word meaning "room," especially "back room" (1812), of unknown origin. Related: slums. Slumscape is from 1947.

slum (v.)

"visit slums of a city," especially for diversion or amusement, often under guise of philanthropy, 1884, from slum (n.). A pastime popularized by East End novels. Earlier it meant "to visit slums for disreputable purposes or in search of vice" (1860). Related: Slumming.

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Definitions of slum from WordNet
1
slum (v.)
spend time at a lower socio-economic level than one's own, motivated by curiosity or desire for adventure; usage considered condescending and insensitive;
attending a motion picture show by the upper class was considered sluming in the early 20th century
2
slum (n.)
a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions;
Synonyms: slum area
From wordnet.princeton.edu