WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
slang1 /slæŋ/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
slang•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est :used some slangy expressions in his term paper.
Linguisticsvery informal words and idioms, normally not used in formal situations and sometimes containing vulgar or otherwise socially unacceptable vocabulary.
to use slang or abusive language.
to assail with abusive language.
- Linguisticsvery informal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language, as Hit the road.
- Linguistics(in English and some other languages) speech and writing characterized by the use of vulgar and socially taboo vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
- Linguisticsthe jargon of a particular class, profession, etc.
- Linguisticsthe special vocabulary of thieves, vagabonds, etc.;
4 . cant.
(slang), v. [Nonstandard.]
- origin, originally uncertain 1750–60
Slang Termspt. of sling 1.
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slang /slæŋ/ n
- vocabulary, idiom, etc, that is not appropriate to the standard form of a language or to formal contexts, may be restricted as to social status or distribution, and is characteristically more metaphorical and transitory than standard language
- (as modifier): a slang word
Etymology: 18th Century: of unknown originˈslangy adj ˈslangily adv ˈslanginess n
- to abuse (someone) with vituperative language; insult
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