- 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.
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Examples from the Web for colloquially
The typical music video you find on YouTube is colloquially called “YouTube Poop” for a reason.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
So many of the conductors were Irish immigrants that the IRT was colloquially called the “Irish Rapid Transit.”Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years, 100 Facts
February 1, 2013
Colloquially, “Israel” and “the Jewish state” are the same thing, right?Romney's Shallow Speech
October 8, 2011
Though this term literally means “playing the trumpet,” colloquially it refers to uncomplicated sex.‘Jersey Shore’ Guide to Italian
August 4, 2011
Colloquially the word means full of, or abounding in pay or prize-money.
Colloquially, a stretcher means a lie exaggerated to absurdity.
To put it colloquially, he knew what to do with his extremities.The Bright Messenger
All other classes should address him colloquially as "Your Grace."Manners and Rules of Good Society
The bergamot-lemon, or fruit of citrus bergamia; also sometimes, colloquially, the fragrant oil obtained from its rind.
- 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 colloquially
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