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leetspeak

[ leet-speek ]
/ ˈlitˌspik /
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noun Digital Technology.
a coded spelling system and language used in very informal communications on the internet, featuring letters combined with numbers or special characters in place of letters that they may resemble, and including inventive misspellings, jargon, and slang.
the spelling conventions and jargon of this system and language.
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Also called leet, l33t, 1337 .

Origin of leetspeak

First recorded in 1980–85; leet (shortening and alteration of elite) + -speak
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British Dictionary definitions for leetspeak

leetspeak
/ (ˈliːtˌspiːk) /

noun
a jargon used by some internet groups, in which standard English is translated into a mixture of letters, numerals, and symbols found on a computer keyboardAlso called: 1337

Word Origin for leetspeak

C20: from elite + -speak
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