colloquial


col·lo·qui·al

adjective \kə-ˈlō-kwē-əl\

: used when people are speaking in an informal way

: using an informal style

Full Definition of COLLOQUIAL

1
:  of or relating to conversation :  conversational
2
a :  used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also :  unacceptably informal
b :  using conversational style
colloquial noun
col·lo·qui·al·i·ty \-ˌlō-kwē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
col·lo·qui·al·ly \-ˈlō-kwē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of COLLOQUIAL

  1. <the new coworker's rudeness soon began—to use a colloquial expression—to rub me the wrong way>
  2. <a colloquial essay on what makes a marriage successful>
  3. But I think part of this pickle that we're in—if I may be colloquial, even though I'm not running for office—is that we've lost their sense of responsibility. —Sarah Vowell, Entertainment Weekly, 24 Oct. 2008

Origin of COLLOQUIAL

(see colloquy)
First Known Use: 1751

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

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