- characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
- involving or using conversation.
Origin of colloquial
1, 2. Colloquial, conversational, informal refer to types of speech or to usages not on a formal level. Colloquial is often mistakenly used with a connotation of disapproval, as if it meant “vulgar” or “bad” or “incorrect” usage, whereas it is merely a familiar style used in speaking and writing. Conversational refers to a style used in the oral exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.: an easy conversational style. Informal means without formality, without strict attention to set forms, unceremonious: an informal manner of speaking; it describes the ordinary, everyday language of cultivated speakers.
Antonyms for colloquial
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Examples from the Web for colloquiality
Historical Examples of colloquiality
He was his own Boswell with all of that immortal's colloquiality and ingenuousness.Idling in Italy
The fault of Mr Townsend's style is, diffuseness, a tendency to colloquiality, and a deficiency of vigour.
- of or relating to conversation
- denoting or characterized by informal or conversational idiom or vocabularyCompare informal
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Word Origin and History for colloquiality
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