"Zetto" was the name of the quartier of the east europe jews (the venetian native jews can live where they wished)and means nothing, just a name for a place.
The east europe jews cannot spell the letter "z" and calling it "ghetto".

1400: Yankele:"I am an jew immigrant from Polland , can I rent a house here?"
Bepin: "no, you must go in the zetto : third channel on the right."
Yankele"what?"
Bepi"Zetto, Zetto, the third channel on the right and youll'find the quartier. Then ask to the rabbis"
Yankele" Shit ! I cannot spell this..ketto, ghetto..ach!"
by Affuso October 15, 2006
Textbooks will usually describe the word "ghetto" as a place where a minority group dominates. Unfortunately these cities and towns of living are often run down with a high crime rate. That is part of the reason Martin Luthe King addressed the problems of African Americans being forced from a "smaller ghetto to a larger one." In pop culture terms it often refers to bad living areas (whether minority groups dominate or not) and things that are of low quality.
Oprah: This fast food restraunt has the worst fries. It is so ghetto!
50 Cent: I grew up in the ghetto! Why do you think I am a rapper?
Alex Trebec: Why are my shows ratings getting to be so low? My show is not that ghetto!
Jessica Simpson: My black friends are not welcome on the farm. This run down country town is ghetto!

by FriendlyPersonGuy October 12, 2008
1) A run down area of any town or city, but most often used in terms of the inner city. Any area with low or non-existent property value. May or may not refer to a high-crime area, but often does.

2) Anything that is jury rigged, broken in some way, or otherwise of generally poor quality. Refers to the frequency at which poverty-stricken people must improvise to survive on low income.
1) Pine Manor is a ghetto so full of drug dealers and other criminals, that it is often nicknamed "Crime Manor."

2) The students called their portable classroom "ghetto" because one of the windows is broken, the walls are covered with mold and ancient spitwads, the desks are falling apart, and the whiteboard has a number of inexplicable dents in it.
Urban Redneck

The urban counterpart to the rural. Both underclasses possess a culture, values, language, and dress code characterized by identification with ignorance, substance abuse, objectification of women, crime, poverty and geographic, social and economic isolation.
You might be ghetto if your car has rims which cost more than the car itself.
by Becky August 30, 2006
Something of inferior quality. Someone who wears ghetto clothes, lives in a ghetto ass apartment and drives a ghetto ass car or no car at all. Worse yet, they take the bus- now that's ghetto!
Vitale takes the bus to his box packing job and comes home to an ugly little apartment. How ghetto. Wonder if he's embarrassed.
by klktr December 30, 2007
Part of every complete breakfast, ghettO's are a delicious chocolaty cereal similar to nigga please.
"What do you want for breakfast this morning?"

"GhettO's!"
by Blair February 07, 2004
despite pop culture, ghetto is actually a noun, not an adjective to describe something poorly made or maintained. a ghetto is an area of gov't funded housing.
wrong: bro, that is a ghetto ass stereo
right: i live in the ghetto
by Paul____ August 11, 2005
some who acts like they grew up poor and in the hood. usaully this type of person can never let the streets and hood go.
i can't stand that girl she is so ghetto....
by lancenishimoto August 17, 2007

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