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When something is tacky/awful/cheap or just ass it usually is ghetto. Can apply to a person/place/thing as well.
Snowman: Lets get big-8 Rootbeer
Coady: That so ghetto

Tycho: Man what is she wearing?
YoNoid: looks pretty ghetto to me
by Foug April 01, 2003
basically meaning black or relating to the black culture
Person 1-yo look at what those ghetto kids are wearin

Person 2-yea i know, their shorts are so fuckin low that they could be pants
by foo bear August 08, 2005
(n.) - cheap, dirty, low, run down houses, often the "projects" of the inner-city
(adj.) - relating to the poor life, just doing what you need to survive
(adj.) middle class white kid talk for hip, cool or happening
1. It was hard, but I soon got a record deal and got my momma outta the ghetto.
2. Drinking "red" kool-aid while listening to Tupac and driving a ford with gold rims is ghetto.
3. Hey Charlie, your new American Eagle sweatshirt is soo ghetto!!
by Hot Boyz April 09, 2003
Someone or something that is very cool,different,stands out or is just plain sick. (Sick in a good way).
What Bob did the other day was mad ghetto!
by K.G. BiTcHeZ July 08, 2005
(adj.) Middle-class speak for cool, hip, now, happenin'.
Word. That backpack is so ghetto! Where did you get it? At the Ghap?

No man! I got it at AE!
by D'emon November 13, 2002
It once meant where the Jews used to live in WWII Germany. Now it means an area of a city that, due to lack of income pouring in or loss of jobs or businesses moving out, crumbles away from lack of maintenence. Because no well-to-do people wish to live in such deplorable conditions, they move out, and the poor people move in, and as a result, the crime and death rate rises in the area due to people fighting each other over money-related problems.
Ghettos are a natural byproduct of rapid city growth and changes in technology.
by AYB April 01, 2003