- 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 of slang18th-c. cant ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, made up typically of 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.
verbslanged, slang·ing, slangs
- To use slang.
- To use angry and abusive language: persuaded the parties to quit slanging and come to the bargaining table.
Origin of slangOrigin unknown.
(countable and uncountable, plural slangs)
(third-person singular simple present slangs, present participle slanging, simple past and past participle slanged)
- (dated) To vocally abuse, or shout at.
- 1888, Also, he had to keep his temper when he was slanged in the theatre porch by a policeman — Rudyard Kipling, ‘Miss Youghal's Sais’, Plain Tales from the Hills (Folio Society 2007, p. 26)
1756, origin unknown.
- (archaic) Simple past tense of sling.
- (UK, dialect) Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory.