\ˈslaŋ \

Definition of slang 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : language peculiar to a particular group: such as

a : argot

b : jargon sense 1

2 : an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech


slanged; slanging; slangs

Definition of slang (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to use slang or vulgar abuse

transitive verb

: to abuse with harsh or coarse language

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Other Words from slang


slang adjective
slangily \ˈslaŋ-ə-lē \ adverb
slanginess \ˈslaŋ-ē-nəs \ noun
slangy \ˈslaŋ-ē \ adjective

Examples of slang in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her dialogue is peppered heavily with Hawaiian pidgin English and drug slang, and her characters feel ripped from life. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "Not One Batu feels torn directly from life," 5 July 2018 Something like slang, for instance, used to develop gradually as a new generation looked to distinguish itself from the previous one. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "By defining “l33t” and “Thanks Obama,” became the Web’s reference," 1 July 2018 The students told her it had had a big effect on the school, with teachers picking up on the slang used by pupils in the show and incorporating it into Norwegian language lessons. Simon Perry,, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Step Out for Their Last Day in Snow-Covered Norway," 2 Feb. 2018 That duality continues in every facet of the game: Meatpunks mixes ASCII art and detailed character portraits; flowing, sentimental prose and internet slang-riddled dialogue; moments of quiet sadness and punchy, rebellious violence. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 2018 It's called Cruzando el charco, or Crossing the Puddle—Puerto Rican slang for travel to the mainland. Martha Bayne, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Visual Art / Theater Y No Había Luz brings the voices of post-Maria Puerto Rico to Chicago," 9 July 2018 Text messages should be brief and easily understood and should not include any abbreviations, emojis or slang. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities," 6 July 2018 In yet another, fans from Mexico hold a woman up in the air and urge her to use a slang word for a female body part in Spanish. Washington Post, "Fans at World Cup criticized for videos disrespecting women," 20 June 2018 The additions related to crypto — a slang word that many use to refer to cryptocurrencies — signal how much confusion there is around how this budding branch of finance works. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "'Cryptocurrency' and 'Dumpster Fire' Were Officially Added to the Dictionary," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of slang


1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for slang


origin unknown

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More Definitions for slang



English Language Learners Definition of slang

: 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


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Kids Definition of slang

: very informal words used by a group of people

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