slang

noun
\ ˈslaŋ \

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 \ adverb
slanginess \ ˈslaŋ-​ē-​nəs \ noun
slangy \ ˈslaŋ-​ē \ 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

That means no slang, no hoodies, and no getting angry. Genelle Levy, Teen Vogue, "The Hate U Give Is the Film That Black Girls Need Today," 19 Oct. 2018 It's embedded in our slang (cougar, MILF), and our pop culture influencers. Michael Arceneaux, Glamour, "If We Want Men to Be a Part of #MeToo, We Have to Stop Gendering the Movement," 27 Aug. 2018 Mencken set out to describe and account for the differences, obvious and subtle, between English and American vocabulary, pronunciation, syntax, intonation, idiom, grammar, slang, euphemism and much more. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "We All Speak American," 10 Aug. 2018 That’s slang for what park rangers, birdwatchers, hikers and hunters encounter too often: used toilet paper left behind by clueless, lazy or rude people in the outdoors. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida nature spoiled by 'Charmin lilies' — used toilet paper," 22 June 2018 That perception is vaguely foreboding; whether the context is the KKK, Trayvon Martin or slang, the word carries a negative connotation. Emiene Wright, charlotteobserver, "‘BLACK BLOODED’: An exhibition that’s ‘undeniably, unapologetically black’," 14 June 2018 Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor plan to open their pot shop in Labrador City in Newfoundland and Labrador at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday — 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace," 16 Oct. 2018 American English is meant to grow wild and woolly on our shores, spawning dialects and pidgins, wantonly consuming foreign words and locutions, anarchically legitimizing slang and warped grammar. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 Army, playing off a slang term for the president that is popular at /r/the_donald. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Russian troll sites infiltrated Donald Trump subreddit as recently as this month," 24 Sep. 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 \

Kids Definition of slang

: very informal words used by a group of people

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Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with slang

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Spanish Central: Translation of slang

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Britannica English: Translation of slang for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about slang

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