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1. (n.) an impoverished, neglected, or otherwise disadvantaged residential area of a city, usually troubled by a disproportionately large amount of crime
2. (adj.) urban; of or relating to (inner) city life
3. (adj.) poor; of or relating to the poor life
4. (adj.) jury-rigged, improvised, or home-made (usually with extremely cheap or sub-standard components), yet still deserving of an odd sense of respect from ghetto dwellers and non-ghetto dwellers alike
1. John's paranoia about triple-checking whether or not he's locked his car doors comes from his growing up in the ghetto
2. "Why you always be talkin' ghetto? Get yo'self a propa' e-ju-ma-kay-shun, kid!"
3. Jane hid her head in embarrasment as her mom shamelessly committed the ghetto act of stuffing the restaurant's bread rolls, sugar packets, and silverware in her purse
4. "A TV Guide duct-taped to a 4 foot stick?! That's one hella ghetto 'mote control!"
by k1 October 12, 2001
The word dat them whites use ta describe da blacks nd talkin like dem.
Gurl 1: Guuurrrrrrrrlllllllll ahm ghetto!
Gurl 2: Lmao yhuu knoee itt.
by SlimmShadyyBiiiiiichh. April 26, 2011
adjective.

substandard & undesirable (like an impoverished and unmaintained neighborhood).
I'm not accepting that cause it's ghetto.
by daddybearluvsyou March 03, 2010
1) to talk with only slang terms and inproper english

2) now more commonly a state of being, without pride or dignity.
1) did you talk to their child? he's so ghetto.

2) you went to private school, stop trying to be so ghetto.
by jamcracker26 February 16, 2010
A state of mind in which people believe that being poor and armed adds to their social status.
Holly is very ghetto.
by Eli,b February 03, 2010
(noun, Ghetto; adjective, Ghetto; verb, Ghettoed) a way to describe something that in most cases cannot be described.
yo that donkey wearing a ball-cap is ghetto.

my new solar-powered flash light is ghetto.
by dr. titcock. December 13, 2009
I) A social, cultural isolation placed upon a minority group. As a derogatory term is mostly used to indicate a neglected, poor and filthy neighborhood, usually crime infested, in a city.

II) The word “Ghetto” is an Italian word that derives from the Venetian (from Venezia) word “Ghèto” (pronounced “get-oh”) which in turn comes from the Italian word “Getto” (pronounced “Je`t-toh” literally translated “Thrown” or “Poured”) from the verb “Gettare”. The term “Ghèto” was used to indicate a small island near Venice which had a “foundry” (the act of pouring liquid metals into a container or form is called in Venetian dialect “Ghèto” still used today when you go to see the glass pouring techniques). Around the XIV-XV Century this island was given to the Jews, of Venezia and surrounding areas, to keep them separated from the aristocracy and general inhabitant of Venezia. In time they all moved and concentrated in this island, either they were money changers or commoners. The Island never took the name “Ghèto” but in time the word changed to “Ghetto” to differentiate the term from both “Getto” and “Ghèto” and to the Italians and surrounding nations the new term indicated where the Jews were “poured or thrown to” or in a nicer term, where they lived in; the word took international footing during WWII when Germans, long time occupiers of Venezia, familiar with this term, used it to indicate first where Jews or Gypsies lived and subsequently were they were kept or concentrated.

III) It also took a different meaning when associated with words such as “golden” (Ghetto Dorato) to indicate where rich and affluent people lived. Today it has still the same meaning indicating an area where people are isolated culturally and socially but it is mostly used in a derogatory way.
don't go there it is a ghetto full of tugs and prostitutes
by Uberrimus May 31, 2006
Another word for the "slums". It is used generally in references to a dangerous place.
John: Where are you goin this weekend?
James: I'm off to the ghetto to smoke cones.
John: Oh, just dont get stabbed
by squeek little bitch April 05, 2006

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