very informal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language, as Hit the road.
(in English and some other languages) speech and writing characterized by the use of vulgar and socially taboo vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
the jargon of a particular class, profession, etc.
the special vocabulary of thieves, vagabonds, etc.; argot.
to use slang or abusive language.
to assail with abusive language.
Other definitions for slang (2 of 2)
simple past tense of sling1.
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How to use slang in a sentence
In the early days, there was a strong Jewish influence, and much of the underworld’s slang is borrowed from Yiddish.The Mobster Who Brought Armenia and Azerbaijan Together … in Death | Fiona Zublin | October 9, 2020 | Ozy
So he built his own list that includes thousands of proper names, then added to it more slang and contractions to expand it even further.Former Apple engineer and autocorrect creator builds his first app, a word game called Up Spell | Sarah Perez | October 7, 2020 | TechCrunch
Both fintech startups are unicorns—industry slang for private companies valued at $1 billion or more.She was one of the world’s few female bank CEOs. Now she’s founding a fintech venture group | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
We build our slang, our jokes, our medicine, even our obscenity around the belief that sex and social behavior go together.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Charles King | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
Feel free to use slang with your friends and family, but probably avoid it when you’re communicating with coworkers.Six tips for writing emails that aren’t absolute garbage | Harry Guinness | July 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
Not even Radio Bemba (Cuban slang for the rumor mill) had picked up the signal.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's a long trip, to be sure, illustrated here with the hypothetical slang "couch."
“I do all this stuff in the community and the haji mart over there,” he said, using the slang for Iraqis used by U.S. soldiers.Awkward: This Democratic Judicial Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist | Gideon Resnick | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jenna and Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) her best friend, speak almost exclusively in inside jokes and ever-evolving slang.In Praise of ‘Awkward’: OMFG MTV, Like, Really Gets High School | Amy Zimmerman | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To be bad is to be afraid of equality: Behind all the sloganeering and slang, that is the truth of the age.From Smarm To Snark, We’re All Soldiers In The War On Obscurity | James Poulos | December 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She has real pretty manners when she is with them, and really tries not to talk slang.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
She did not powder too much, and she had the latest slang at her pink tongue's tip and was yet moderate in her use of it.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
A well-bred person will take care not to use slang words and expressions.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Notwithstanding the fact that we owe some of our strongest idioms to slang, the free use of slang always vulgarizes.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
His conversation was at all times interlarded with the slang terms appropriated to the science, to which he was so devoted.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for slang
vocabulary, idiom, etc, that is not appropriate to the standard form of a language or to formal contexts, may be restricted as to social status or distribution, and is characteristically more metaphorical and transitory than standard language
(as modifier): a slang word
another word for jargon 1
to abuse (someone) with vituperative language; insult
- slangy, adjective
- slangily, adverb
- slanginess, noun
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Cultural definitions for slang
Expressions that do not belong to standard written English. For example, “flipping out” is slang for “losing one's mind” or “losing one's temper.” Slang expressions are usually inappropriate in formal speech or writing. (See jargon.)
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