verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- slamming stile,
- slang dictionary,
- slanging match,
Origin of slang1
Examples from the Web for slang
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|DAILY BEAST
“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|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|DAILY BEAST
The club drug Molly—slang for a form of ecstasy—is linked to four recent deaths.
Spending time around C.I.s makes it easier for a U.C. to pick up the slang of meth and its users.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico|Nick Romeo|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It possesses its own nouns, verbs and other parts of speech, a sprinkling of slang, and practically no "swear" words.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
In the slang dialect of Spain, Murcian and Murcia, mean thief, and the land of thieves.The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes|Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
"Oh, the Russians have got it in the—have sustained a severe defeat," said Bob, cutting short his Academy slang.The North Pacific|Willis Boyd Allen
Our abbreviation, which certainly smacks of slang, has been stamped with the authority of George, Ranger.A Dictionary of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words|A London Antiquary
Besides the fact that slang often becomes good English, we have to notice that good English often becomes slang.Stories That Words Tell Us|Elizabeth O'Neill
- 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
Word Origin for slang
1756, "special vocabulary of tramps or thieves," later "jargon of a particular profession" (1801), of uncertain origin, the usual guess being that it is from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian slengenamn "nickname," slengja kjeften "to abuse with words," literally "to sling the jaw," related to Old Norse slyngva "to sling." But OED, while admitting "some approximation in sense," discounts this connection based on "date and early associations." Liberman also denies it, as well as any connection with French langue (or language or lingo). Rather, he derives it elaborately from an old slang word meaning "narrow piece of land," itself of obscure origin. Century Dictionary says "there is no evidence to establish a Gipsy origin." Sense of "very informal language characterized by vividness and novelty" first recorded 1818.
[S]lang is a conscious offence against some conventional standard of propriety. A mere vulgarism is not slang, except when it is purposely adopted, and acquires an artificial currency, among some class of persons to whom it is not native. The other distinctive feature of slang is that it is neither part of the ordinary language, nor an attempt to supply its deficiencies. The slang word is a deliberate substitute for a word of the vernacular, just as the characters of a cipher are substitutes for the letters of the alphabet, or as a nickname is a substitute for a personal name. [Henry Bradley, from "Slang," in "Encyclopedia Britannica," 11th ed.]
A word that ought to have survived is slangwhanger (1807, American English) "noisy or abusive talker or writer."
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.)