This weekend I watched the newly re-made, two-part mini-series of Masterpiece’s Dickens’ Oliver. It was so well done! I picked up this word from it.
1585–95; < Latin squālidus dirty, equivalent to squāl ( ēre ) to be dirty, encrusted + -idus -id4
1. unclean. See dirty.
|Part of Speech:||adjective|
|Synonyms:||abominable, base, broken-down, decayed, despicable, dingy, dirty, disgusting, disheveled, fetid, filthy, foul, grimy, gruesome, horrible, horrid, ignoble, impure, low, mean, miry, moldy, muddy, musty, nasty, odorous, offensive, poverty-stricken, ramshackle, reeking, repellent, repulsive, scurvy, seedy, shabby, shoddy, sloppy, slovenly, soiled, sordid, ugly, unclean, unkempt, vile, wretched|
|Antonyms:||clean, good, kept-up, rich|
The squirmy squid squirted squalid ink at Sasquatch, who squinted through it to squash said squid with his soild Sketchers.
Lexington Market may seem a squalid environment, but with the right perspective a few entertaining treasures may be found.