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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 People need to grow up and look at slang and phrases used back then. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson and John Legend’s "Baby It’s Cold Outside" Remake Sparks Controversy," 5 Nov. 2019 Showrunner Alena Smith and company spice things up by taking creative liberties, like infusing Emily’s world with modern slang and music, and personifying death (a subject of fascination for the poet) in a character played by Wiz Khalifa. Kristin Vartan,, "Here's everything you need to know about Hailee Steinfeld's Dickinson," 30 Oct. 2019 The site, now in its 20th year, is a digital repository that contains more than 8 million definitions and famously houses all manner of slang and cultural expressions. Wired, "What Happened to Urban Dictionary?," 11 Sep. 2019 Do not use slang words or bad language and manage any local accents. Liz Bentley, NBC News, "Liz Bentley: 3 foolproof ways to nail your next job interview," 2 Aug. 2019 Hammerstein was echoing Hart in this pursuit, whose work championed American slang and an American can-do flexibility of language. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Something Wonderful’ Review: The Winning Marquee," 29 Mar. 2018 Differentiating between idioms, slang, analogies and metaphors from statement of facts is learned in child hood. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Arizona Republican chair says GOP will 'stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks'," 6 Sep. 2019 Back then, the most exciting, and sometimes most culture-defining, slang was being coined constantly, in real time. Wired, "What Happened to Urban Dictionary?," 11 Sep. 2019 Ready to Fall Inn Love with the carpenters, goats and Kiwi slang? Ruth Kinane,, "Christina Milian on new Netflix rom-com Falling Inn Love: 'Goats are super chill'," 29 Aug. 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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Slang.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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