\ ˈslaŋ How to pronounce slang (audio) \

Definition of slang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : language peculiar to a particular group: such as
a : argot
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

Other Words from slang


slang adjective
slangily \ ˈslaŋ-​ə-​lē How to pronounce slang (audio) \ adverb
slanginess \ ˈslaŋ-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce slang (audio) \ noun
slangy \ ˈslaŋ-​ē How to pronounce slang (audio) \ adjective

Examples of slang in a Sentence

Noun tends to use too much hacker's slang when talking to coworkers about their computer problems
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Literally, the argument was over a pair of men’s light blue boxer briefs, or chones, in Spanish slang. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2022 The Great Walks are some of the most popular backpacking trails (or tramps, as they’re known in Kiwi slang) in New Zealand. Jessica Wynne Lockhart, Outside Online, 19 Jan. 2020 In the 1920s, Black jazz musicians – marginalized in a predominantly white musical arena – developed a subculture with a rich slang, and turned bad into a compliment. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Mar. 2022 This Modernist masterpiece is all-killer no-filler, with little slang and a relatively timeless take on American English. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 Jan. 2022 Pay attention to their idioms and their turns of phrase, to their slang. Keith Runyon, The Courier-Journal, 24 Mar. 2022 Still, the Internet rhetoric used so far during the war in Ukraine has been notable for its conversational tone and online slang. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Conservative in politics and unlucky in love, the spoiled, scholarly son of the Banks family was the polar opposite of cousin Will, who often teased him for his choices in clothing, music and slang. Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 This slang clearly points to a fame-hungry, self-aware, exaggeration-prone culture. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Common phrases, hashtags and slang with roots in the digital sphere and pop culture are now available to those searching the site. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 1 Sep. 2020 See More

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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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slanging match

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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“Slang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of slang

: very informal words used by a group of people

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