slang

noun
\ 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

slang

verb
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

Noun

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

Most of the corredores de chocolates (Mexican slang for fake runners) are easy to spot. The Economist, "Why the Mexico City marathon attracts so many cheats," 22 Aug. 2019 Sandoval said this week, using the Spanish slang for an immigration or border officer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Battle of Badges’ aboard USS Midway Museum raises money for youth boxing program," 14 June 2019 In the Soviet Union, where these works were banned, the vor’s slang and stories informed the blatnye songs Vladimir Vysotsky was playing in the early 1960s. Alex Abramovich, The New York Review of Books, "Dons of the Gulag," 9 May 2019 By Amanda Petrusich Puzzles Dept. Man bag, in early-two-thousands slang: five letters. Lian Cho, The New Yorker, "Off Cloud Nine: The Tale of a Depressed Rain Cloud," 26 Aug. 2019 His prose heaved with period slang and the books featured a mix of real and invented characters through which Ellroy explored the roots of criminal and even psychopathic behaviour. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 In the Old West, silver dollars often replaced buckhorn knives as tokens, and these coins took on the slang name buck. San Diego Union-Tribune, "English lays its cards on the table of our tongue," 27 July 2019 This quirky duo cover topics such as hooking up, internet slang and smoking marijuana. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Yvie Oddly, Nina West, more Drag Race stars getting new reality shows," 27 June 2019 Microtransactions are in-game purchases that cost real money in exchange for in-game currency, which can be used to buy various items and skins (slang for how a player looks in the game). NBC News, "What is 'Fortnite?': A look at the video game that has become a phenomenon," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of slang

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for slang

Noun

origin unknown

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More Definitions for slang

slang

noun

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

slang

noun
\ ˈslaŋ How to pronounce slang (audio) \

Kids Definition of slang

: very informal words used by a group of people

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Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with slang

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for slang

Spanish Central: Translation of slang

Nglish: Translation of slang for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of slang for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about slang

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