\ 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

Noun tends to use too much hacker's slang when talking to coworkers about their computer problems
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The conversations between characters use Black slang without taking time to explain what certain words or phrases mean for a potential white audience. Justin Phillips,, "Kamala Harris represents America’s ethnic future, and the need to talk about colorism now," 19 Nov. 2020 In today’s literary climate, the translator would also have to settle on a single form of American slang to sustain the character. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Why Luis Zapata’s breakthrough gay Mexican novel demands a new translation," 18 Nov. 2020 And while hiding in the mountains, Yon Sosa and Turcios Lima began to organize the country’s first guerrilla movement (or front, in local slang): the Revolutionary Movement of 13th November. Eduardo Halfon, The New York Review of Books, "Canción," 9 Nov. 2020 Like Lily’s mother, many officers disdained the slang of the troops. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Union or Rebel soldier, they agreed on slang," 29 Oct. 2020 Harris uses memes and slang to questionable effect sometimes, but this was just ugh. Please. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "'SNL' had no idea how to handle Trump's COVID diagnosis. Jim Carrey's Biden didn't help," 4 Oct. 2020 Tuesday's first presidential debate offered a shining example of how internet culture — with its memes and its slang — helps us process politics today. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "These Debate TikToks Won’t Help At All, But Maybe You’ll Laugh," 30 Sep. 2020 Watch the complete video here and check out prior videos about regional slang below. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Actress Elle Fanning breaks down Georgia slang (video)," 25 Sep. 2020 Jabao is a Spanish Caribbean slang term for a person of mixed race, commonly used on the islands. Mario Ariza,, "El Jabao: The greatest Cuban crime syndicate you’ve never heard of.," 3 Oct. 2020 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, "GOAT, gender-inclusive among 650 new words added to," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce slang (audio)

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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