\ 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

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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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Comey's odd mix of G-man dispassion, unexpected emotion and very un-FBI-ish high-school slang made for a fascinating and downright entertaining TV event. Lorraine Ali,, "No matter what you think of his ego, James Comey's ABC interview was fascinating and entertaining TV," 16 Apr. 2018 Among attendees, Scott said, some judges considered the dialect to be more like slang or lingo. Cassie Owens,, "Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters," 5 June 2019 Our slang reflects these techy and social movements. Amanda Montell, Glamour, "From Ghosting to Going Steady, Here's a Guide to the History of Dating Slang," 31 May 2019 Her slang is current and and is rendered with no trace of an Israeli accent. Vogue, "Yosheva Jones, Tel Aviv’s Most In-Demand Face, on Growing Up As a Black Hebrew," 27 Mar. 2019 The stilted dialogue is largely gone, replaced by a goofy but still familiar take on teen slang. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 Use simple language, with no abbreviations, shortcuts or slang. -- Don’t send photos and videos. Jody Rees,, "Tips for texting to 911," 25 June 2018 In his book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, writer John Seabrook explained that the confounding lyrics stemmed from Swedish music masterminds who misunderstood American slang. Lydia Price,, "These Songs Aren't About What You Think They're About: 8 Surprising Meanings Behind Hits," 30 Mar. 2018 Most of the continental United States won’t be able to see the SBBM (that’s #cool #slang for the super blue blood moon) in its entirety, though those watching from the west coast will be able to see a partial eclipse starting at 3:48 a.m. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Everything You Need to Know About the January 31, 2018, SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON," 3 Jan. 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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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


\ ˈslaŋ How to pronounce slang (audio) \

Kids Definition of slang

: very informal words used by a group of people

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