Definition of Slang

1. Noun. Informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar. "Their speech was full of slang expressions"

Exact synonyms: Slang Expression, Slang Term
Generic synonyms: Non-standard Speech
Derivative terms: Slangy

2. Verb. Use slang or vulgar language.
Generic synonyms: Speak, Talk

3. Noun. A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves). "They don't speak our lingo"
Exact synonyms: Argot, Cant, Jargon, Lingo, Patois, Vernacular
Examples of language type: Bite, Swiz, Heist, Rip-off, Shakedown, Power Trip, Ass, Fuck, Fucking, Nookie, Nooky, Piece Of Ass, Piece Of Tail, Roll In The Hay, Screw, Screwing, Shag, Shtup, Blowjob, Cock Sucking, Hand Job, Jacking Off, Jerking Off, Wank, Dekko, Square-bashing, Shakedown, Caff, Deck, Gat, Rod, Mickey Finn, Nick, Dreck, Schlock, Shlock, Cert, Legs, Soup-strainer, Toothbrush, Arse, Arsehole, Asshole, Bunghole, Bay Window, Corporation, Pot, Potbelly, Tummy, Niff, Pong, Corker, Hooey, Poppycock, Stuff, Stuff And Nonsense, Baloney, Bilgewater, Boloney, Bosh, Drool, Humbug, Taradiddle, Tarradiddle, Tommyrot, Tosh, Twaddle, Applesauce, Codswallop, Folderol, Rubbish, Trash, Tripe, Trumpery, Wish-wash, Skin Flick, Dibs, Bun-fight, Bunfight, Burnup, Nosh-up, Hood, 'hood, Paleface, Poor White Trash, White Trash, Honkey, Honkie, Honky, Whitey, Gook, Slant-eye, Injun, Red Man, Redskin, Hymie, Kike, Sheeny, Yid, Chinaman, Chink, Dago, Ginzo, Greaseball, Guinea, Wop, Jap, Nip, Spic, Spick, Spik, Boche, Hun, Jerry, Kraut, Krauthead, Airhead, Babe, Baby, Sister, Bad Egg, Boffin, Butch, Dike, Dyke, Good Egg, Guvnor, Old Man, Out-and-outer, Schlockmeister, Shlockmeister, Squeeze, Suit, Tripper, Wog, Juice, Big Bucks, Big Money, Bundle, Megabucks, Pile, Key, Skinful, Juice, The Shits, The Trots, Heebie-jeebies, Jitters, Screaming Meemies, Bitch, Give, Buy It, Pip Out, Feel, Hoof, Chuck, Ditch, Bunk Off, Play Hooky, Square, Straight, Besotted, Blind Drunk, Blotto, Cockeyed, Crocked, Fuddled, Loaded, Pie-eyed, Pissed, Pixilated, Plastered, Slopped, Sloshed, Smashed, Soaked, Soused, Sozzled, Squiffy, Stiff, Tight, Wet, Can-do, Freaky, Uncool, Butch, Grotty, Some, Mean, Bolshy, Stroppy, Pint-size, Pint-sized, Runty, Sawed-off, Sawn-off, Slam-bang, Clean, Plum, Plumb, Drop-dead, Baddie, Bennie, Cat, Stiff
Specialized synonyms: Street Name, Rhyming Slang
Generic synonyms: Non-standard Speech
Derivative terms: Slangy

4. Verb. Fool or hoax. "You can't fool me!"
Exact synonyms: Befool, Cod, Dupe, Fool, Gull, Put On, Put One Across, Put One Over, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Kid, Pull The Leg Of
Generic synonyms: Betray, Deceive, Lead Astray
Derivative terms: Dupe, Dupery, Fool, Fool, Gull, Put-on, Take-in

5. Verb. Abuse with coarse language.
Generic synonyms: Abuse, Blackguard, Clapperclaw, Shout

Definition of Slang

1. n. Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory.

2. n. A fetter worn on the leg by a convict.

3. n. Low, vulgar, unauthorized language; a popular but unauthorized word, phrase, or mode of expression; also, the jargon of some particular calling or class in society; low popular cant; as, the slang of the theater, of college, of sailors, etc.

4. v. t. To address with slang or ribaldry; to insult with vulgar language.

Definition of Slang

1. Noun. Language outside of conventional usage. ¹

2. Noun. Language that is unique to a particular profession or subject; jargon. ¹

3. Noun. The specialized language of a social group, sometimes used to make what is said unintelligible to those not members of the group; cant. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive dated) To vocally abuse, or shout at. ¹

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Definition of Slang

1. to use slang (extremely informal or vulgar language) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Slang

slang (current term)
slanging match
slanging matches

Literary usage of Slang

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"slang. Careless, foolish talk. 1812 There is much cant and slang abroad ... 1806 The slang of well-wishing is not uncommon among our modern great men. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Secondly, slang words are deliberately substituted for words of the ... Nicknames are indeed a kind of slang; and like other slang may be used for the ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1904)
"The condemnation of slang, therefore, finds no support from a linguistic point of ... On the contrary, the use of slang in itself, in so far as it does not ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"A slang is a narrow strip of waste land by the road-side, such as those which are ... l To be out on the slang, in the lingo used by thieves md gipsies, ..."

5. Popular Science Monthly (1906)
"If it is true that slang had its beginning in the argot of thieves, it soon lost all association with its vulgar source, and polite slang to-day bears ..."

6. Words and Their Ways in English Speech by James Bradstreet Greenough, George Lyman Kittredge (1901)
"There is nothing abnormal about slang. In making it, men proceed in precisely ... The motive, however, is somewhat different, for slang is not meant simply ..."

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