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: language peculiar to a particular group: such as
: argot
: an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech
slang adjective
slangily adverb
slanginess noun
slangy adjective


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slanged; slanging; slangs

intransitive verb

: to use slang or vulgar abuse

transitive verb

: to abuse with harsh or coarse language

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
There are over 7,100 languages worldwide, along with numerous dialects, evolving slang and diverse writing and speech styles. Alok Kulkarni, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 There was also a growing cultural acceptance towards profanity and slang as more Americans began to experiment with flamboyant language. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 A lot of public domain data is antiquated—in the US, for example, copyright protection usually lasts over 70 years from the death of the author—so this type of dataset won’t be able to ground an AI model in current affairs or, say, how to spin up a blog post using current slang. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 But the inclusion of modern slang terms is welcomed by most players, said Tom Nagle, who showed up at a recent club night. PWNED, NOOBS, ADORBS, EFFED, FINNA? Joe Heim, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2024 The survey said the following slang terms parents don't vibe with. USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 Bright captions explain British street slang or map out the characters’ schemes. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 Kim and Andrew also talk about NASA's Mars simulator and demystify baffling Gen Z slang. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2024 The ticker for Van Eck’s Bitcoin fund is HODL, a nod to crypto slang that describes refusing to sell a favorite cryptocurrency. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of slang was in 1756

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“Slang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: special language used by a particular group
: an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed of invented words, changed words, and exaggerated or humorous figures of speech
slang adjective

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