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slang

noun \ ˈslaŋ \
Updated on: 5 Jan 2018

Definition of slang

1 : language peculiar to a particular group: such as
a : argot
b : jargon 1
2 : an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech

slang

adjective

slangily

play \ˈslaŋ-ə-lē\ adverb

slanginess

play \ˈslaŋ-ē-nəs\ noun

slangy

play \ˈslaŋ-ē\ adjective

Examples of slang in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of slang

origin unknown

Other Language Terms


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slang

verb

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

1828


SLANG Defined for English Language Learners

slang

noun

Definition of slang for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SLANG Defined for Kids

slang

noun \ ˈslaŋ \

Definition of slang for Students

: very informal words used by a group of people


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