- characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
- involving or using conversation.
Origin of colloquial
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of colloquially
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