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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

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Other Words from slang


slang adjective
slangily \ ˈslaŋ-​ə-​lē How to pronounce slangily (audio) \ adverb
slanginess \ ˈslaŋ-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce slanginess (audio) \ noun
slangy \ ˈslaŋ-​ē How to pronounce slangy (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 Singh closed the interview with another scripted bit -- quizzing Kaling on slang terms -- which, again, wasn't as engaging as their conversation. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Lilly Singh brings energy to NBC's 'A Little Late' date," 16 Sep. 2019 The name Monkey’s Tail was inspired by the slang term for a train switch handle — the bar is near the Lindale Metro station. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican-American themed bar Monkey’s Tail opens July 3 in Lindale Park," 2 July 2019 Doxxing is a slang term referring to the disclosure online of someone's personal information. Fox News, "Texas students react to doxxing threats against conservatives on campus," 29 Aug. 2019 Here's a list of teen slang terms and their definitions. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "What is a VSCO girl? OK, boomer. A parents' dictionary to teen slang words, sksksksksk," 16 Nov. 2019 Here's the original news (plumped, in this context, is British slang for supporting something after careful consideration): In addition, sources reveal that the Duchess was the only guest at the wedding to give a reading. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Had an Extra-Special Honor at Misha Nonoo’s Wedding," 22 Sep. 2019 Each is unique, with distinct dialects, accents, and slang. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "What’s Lost When a Language Disappears," 12 Dec. 2019 The name was inspired by military slang for a chaotic situation, which to vets like Mardis and McGuffey makes perfect sense., "Hidden in plain sight," 5 Dec. 2019 Sandberg said picking up on American slang was interesting. oregonlive, "Sweden’s Simon Sandberg makes Oregon State the latest stop in his American football adventure," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of slang was in 1756

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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