characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
involving or using conversation.
- col·lo·qui·al·ly, adverb
- col·lo·qui·al·ness, col·lo·qui·al·i·ty, noun
- qua·si-col·lo·qui·al, adjective
- qua·si-col·lo·qui·al·ly, adverb
- sem·i·col·lo·qui·al, adjective
- sem·i·col·lo·qui·al·ly, adverb
- un·col·lo·qui·al, adjective
- un·col·lo·qui·al·ly, adverb
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How to use colloquial in a sentence
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 | Arthur Chu | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Although the term had been in use colloquially, it only started to appear in writing during the 1940s.Holy Homophobia, Batman! A Queer Reading of the Dark Knight | Rich Goldstein | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So many of the conductors were Irish immigrants that the IRT was colloquially called the “Irish Rapid Transit.”
Colloquially, “Israel” and “the Jewish state” are the same thing, right?
Though this term literally means “playing the trumpet,” colloquially it refers to uncomplicated sex.
In the United States it is colloquially applied to legislators who practise obstruction.
She was permitted only one, being of the age when fruit caused her, colloquially speaking, to "break out."Long Live the King | Mary Roberts Rinehart
All People's, as the church was colloquially named, was one of the most popular places of worship in the city.The Long Day | Dorothy Richardson
Now it is colloquially known as the "stone house," and has for sixty years been the home of the Owen King family.Down the Mother Lode | Vivia Hemphill
The minister remembered a stray hint somewhere that Mr. Gorringe was a money-lender—what was colloquially called a "note-shaver."The Damnation of Theron Ware | Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for colloquial
of or relating to conversation
denoting or characterized by informal or conversational idiom or vocabulary: Compare informal
- colloquially, adverb
- colloquialness, noun
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