noun Date: 1876 a usually poor town or section of a town consisting mostly of shanties

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  • shantytown — (n.) also shanty town, 1836, from SHANTY (Cf. shanty) (n.1) + TOWN (Cf. town) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shantytown — ☆ shantytown [shan′tē toun΄ ] n. the section of a city where there are many shanties or ramshackle houses …   English World dictionary

  • Shantytown — Shan|ty|town [ ʃænti taun] die; , s <aus engl. shantytown »Barackenviertel«, zu shanty »Hütte, Bude« u. town »Stadt«> im engl. Sprachraum Bez. für eine armselige Hüttensiedlung am Rande größerer Städte …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • shantytown — /shan tee town /, n. 1. a section, as of a city or town, characterized by shanties and crudely built houses. 2. a whole town or city that is chiefly made up of shantylike houses. [1880 85; SHANTY1 + TOWN] * * * …   Universalium

  • shantytown — noun An area containing a collection of shacks, shanties or makeshift dwellings. Syn: Hooverville, slum …   Wiktionary

  • shantytown — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. slum, ghetto, skid row …   English dictionary for students

  • shantytown — shan|ty|town [ˈʃæntiˌtaun] n a very poor area in or near a town where people live in small houses made from thin sheets of wood, ↑tin etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shantytown — shan|ty|town [ ʃænti,taun ] noun count an area where very poor people live in shanties …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shantytown — see shanty town …   English dictionary

  • shantytown — n. part of town containing dilapidated or poorly constructed buildings; town or city that contains dilapidated or poorly constructed buildings …   English contemporary dictionary

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