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Dictionary Definition

squalid adj
1 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" [syn: seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid]
2 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" [syn: flyblown, sordid]

User Contributed Dictionary



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




  1. Extremely dirty and unpleasant.
  2. Showing a contemptible lack of moral standards.
  • A squalid attempt to buy votes.

Extensive Definition

Squalidae is the family of dogfish sharks. These sharks are characterized by smooth dorsal fin spines; teeth in upper and lower jaws similar in size; caudal peduncle with lateral keels; upper precaudal pit usually present; a caudal fin without subterminal notch; and no anal fin.


  • Compagno, Dando, & Fowler, Sharks of the World, Princeton University Press, New Jersey 2005 ISBN 0-691-12072-2
squalid in German: Dornhaie
squalid in Spanish: Squalidae
squalid in French: Squalidae
squalid in Italian: Squalidae
squalid in Lithuanian: Dygliarykliai
squalid in Dutch: Doornhaaien
squalid in Japanese: ツノザメ科
squalid in Polish: Koleniowate
squalid in Portuguese: Squalidae
squalid in Chinese: 角鯊科

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