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.
- 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.;
- to use slang or abusive language.
- to assail with abusive language.
4 . cant.
(slang), v. [Nonstandard.]
- origin, originally uncertain 1750–60
- Slang Termspt. of sling 1.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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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