noun \ˈslaŋ\

: words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language and that are used very informally in speech especially by a particular group of people

Full Definition of SLANG

:  language peculiar to a particular group: as
a :  argot
b :  jargon 2
:  an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech
slang adjective
slang·i·ly \ˈslaŋ-ə-lē\ adverb
slang·i·ness \ˈslaŋ-ē-nəs\ noun
slangy \ˈslaŋ-ē\ adjective

Examples of SLANG

  1. <tends to use too much hacker's slang when talking to coworkers about their computer problems>

Origin of SLANG

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1756

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym



Definition of SLANG

intransitive verb
:  to use slang or vulgar abuse
transitive verb
:  to abuse with harsh or coarse language

First Known Use of SLANG

SLANGILY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈslaŋ\

Definition of SLANG for Kids

:  very informal words used by a group of people


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