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Definitions for squalid
ˈskwɒl ɪd, ˈskwɔ lɪdsqualid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, squalidadjective

    morally degraded

    "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"

  2. flyblown, squalid, sordidadjective

    foul and run-down and repulsive

    "a flyblown bar on the edge of town"; "a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town"; "squalid living conditions"; "sordid shantytowns"


  1. squalidadjective

    Extremely dirty and unpleasant.

  2. squalidadjective

    Showing a contemptible lack of moral standards.

    A squalid attempt to buy votes.

  3. Etymology: From squalidus, from squalere ‘be rough or dirty’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squalidadjective

    Foul; nasty; filthy.

    Etymology: squalidus, Latin.

    A doleful case desires a doleful song,
    Without vain art or curious compliments,
    And squalid fortune into baseness flowing,
    Doth scorn the pride of wonted ornaments. Edmund Spenser.

    Uncomb’d his locks, and squalid his attire,
    Unlike the trim of love and gay desire. John Dryden, Knights Tale.

    All these Cocytus bounds with squalid reeds,
    With muddy ditches and with deadly weeds. Dryden.


  1. squalid

    Squalidae, more commonly known as dogfish, dog sharks, or spiny dogfish, are one of several families of sharks categorized under Squaliformes, making it the second largest order of sharks, numbering 119 species across 7 families. Having earned their name after a group of fishermen reportedly observed the species chasing down smaller fish in dog-like packs, dogfish have slender, streamlined bodies, usually more compact in comparison to other species, and a pointed snout. Dogfish likewise have two dorsal fins, each with smooth spines, but no anal fin, and their skin is generally rough to the touch. As the species reaches adulthood, males usually measure a maximum of 100 cm (39 inches), while females typically measure 125 cm (49 inches) long. The species therefore exhibits female-dominant sexual dimorphism. Dogfish sharks have slate-gray or gray-brown skin with white dots that becomes paler (almost white) around the belly region. These sharks are characterized by teeth in upper and lower jaws similar in size; a caudal peduncle with lateral keels; the upper precaudal pit usually is present; and the caudal fin is without a subterminal notch. They are carnivorous, principally preying upon organisms smaller than themselves. Some of their prey include herring, mackerel, and capelin. In special cases, they may consume jellyfish and squid. Even at a young age, spiny dogfish pups may hunt fish two or three times their size. Unlike virtually all other shark species, dogfish sharks possess venom which coats their dorsal spines; this venom is mildly toxic to humans and would be harmful if the shark were to be mishandled. The livers and stomachs of the Squalidae contain the compound squalamine, which possesses the property of reduction of small blood vessel growth in humans. Dogfish sharks use their strong jaw and sharp teeth to consume their prey. The spiny dogfish has broken several records in the areas of migration and gestation. This shark tends to be a highly migratory species: one shark was recorded as traveling 8,000 km (5,000 miles) after being tagged in Washington state, United States, and found again later in Japan. In addition to its long distance migration, the spiny shark holds the record for longest gestation period of any other vertebrate at 22–24 months. Females produce eggs and give birth to live young that measure to be 20–33 cm (8–13 inches).


  1. squalid

    Squalid refers to a place or condition that is extremely dirty, unpleasant, or morally degraded due to poverty or neglect. This can apply to physical surroundings, like a rundown and filthy home, or to a metaphorical state, like a corrupt and grimy societal condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squalidadjective

    dirty through neglect; foul; filthy; extremely dirty

  2. Etymology: [L. squalidus, fr. squalere to be foul or filthy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squalid

    skwol′id, adj. filthy, foul.—n. Squalid′ity, the state of being squalid: filthiness.—adv. Squal′idly.—ns. Squal′idness; Squal′or, state of being squalid: dirtiness: filthiness. [L. squalidussqualēre, to be stiff; akin to Gr. skellein, to dry.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squalid in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squalid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of squalid in a Sentence

  1. Roy Chaderton:

    The sound produced in a squalid head is like a click because the skull is empty. So it goes through fast.

  2. Lisa Graybill:

    Dozens have died and hundreds of others live in squalid conditions with standing sewage in freezing temperatures as a result of ... Mississippis neglect. Mississippis prisons are overcrowded, understaffed, and arent safe for anyone.

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