- Slang is a casual type of language that is playful and trendy or used by a particular group of people.
An example of slang is saying something good is awesome.
- Obsolete the specialized vocabulary and idioms as of criminals and tramps, the purpose of which was to disguise from outsiders the meaning of what was said: now usually called cant
- the specialized vocabulary and idioms of those in the same work, way of life, etc.: now usually called shoptalk, argot, jargon
- highly informal speech that is outside conventional or standard usage and consists both of coined words and phrases and of new or extended meanings attached to established terms: slang develops from the attempt to find fresh and vigorous, colorful, pungent, or humorous expression, and generally either passes into disuse or comes to have a more formal status
Origin: 18th-c. cant from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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- A kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, made up typically of short-lived coinages and figures of speech that are deliberately used in place of standard terms for added raciness, humor, irreverence, or other effect.
- Language peculiar to a group; argot or jargon: thieves' slang.
- To use slang.
- To use angry and abusive language: persuaded the parties to quit slanging and come to the bargaining table.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- slangˈi·ly adverb
- slangˈi·ness noun
- slangˈy adjective
slang - Cultural Definition
Expressions that do not belong to standard written English. For example, “flipping out” is slang for “losing one's mind” or “losing one's temper.” Slang expressions are usually inappropriate in formal speech or writing. (See jargon.)