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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slang, slang expression, slang termnoun

    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"

  2. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacularverb

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

  3. slangverb

    use slang or vulgar language

  4. gull, dupe, slang, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one acrossverb

    fool or hoax

    "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!"

  5. slangverb

    abuse with coarse language


  1. slangnoun

    Language outside of conventional usage.

  2. slangnoun

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

  3. slangnoun

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

  4. slangverb

    To vocally abuse, or shout at.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slangthe preterite of sling.

    David slang a stone, and smote the Philistine. 1 Sa. xvii.


  1. Slang

    Slang is a 1996 song by the English rock band Def Leppard from their gold album Slang. It reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is the only one from its parent album to be played after the Slang World Tour of 1996 to 1997, with Def Leppard performing the song most recently during their Viva! Hysteria concert residency of Las Vegas in 2013. In reference to the song, lead singer Elliot said in the album's commentary that Slang is "a bit of a throwback to [Def Leppard's] original sound, in other words loads and loads of backing vocals" and said that "live, this song has always been a favourite with fans". The single cover features the Def Leppard logo (the 1995 variation) but Slang did not feature the logo in any variation.


  1. slang

    Slang is a type of informal, nonstandard language that tends to be used in casual or familiar conversation. It typically involves words or phrases that are specific to a certain group, region, profession, or culture, and can often change or evolve over time. Slang can include new words, or new meanings for existing words, and is often characterized by its creativity, humor, or brevity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slang

    imp. of Sling. Slung

  2. Slangnoun

    any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory

  3. Slangnoun

    a fetter worn on the leg by a convict

  4. Slangnoun

    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

  5. Slangverb

    to address with slang or ribaldry; to insult with vulgar language

  6. Slang

    of Sling

  7. Etymology: [Said to be of Gypsy origin; but probably from Scand., and akin to E. sling; cf. Norw. sleng a slinging, an invention, device, slengja to sling, to cast, slengja kjeften (literally, to sling the jaw) to use abusive language, to use slang, slenjeord (ord = word) an insulting word, a new word that has no just reason for being.]


  1. Slang

    Slang is the use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's language or dialect but are considered acceptable in certain social settings. Slang expressions may act as euphemisms and may be used as a means of identifying with one's peers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slang

    slang, n. a conventional tongue with many dialects, which are, as a rule, unintelligible to outsiders, such as Gypsy, Canting or Flash, Back-slang, and Shelta or Tinkers' Talk: any kind of colloquial and familiar language serving as a kind of class or professional shibboleth.—adj. pertaining to slang.—v.i. to use slang, and esp. abusive language.—v.t. to scold.—adv. Slang′ily.—n. Slang′iness.—adj. Slang′ular, slangy.—v.i. Slang′-whang, to talk slangily or boisterously.—n. Slang′-whang′er, an abusive and wordy fellow.—adj. Slang′y. [Explained by Skeat as Scand., Norw. sleng, a slinging, a device, a burthen of a song, slengja, to sling. Leland boldly makes it Romany, and orig. applied to everything relating to shows—in Hindustani, Swangi, also often Slangi.]

  2. Slang

    slang, n. a narrow strip of land.—Also Slank′et. Slang, slang, n. (slang) a counterfeit weight or measure: a travelling show, or a performance of the same: a hawker's license: a watch-chain: (pl.) convicts' leg-irons.

Rap Dictionary

  1. slangverb

    slang get money by doin wuts gotta get done To sell

Editors Contribution

  1. slangverb

    A source of language without place in the form of indefinite article names of systems newsgroup. 1.) a type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.

    I cultivate my Creole slang in text with definite meaning.

    Etymology: Accent

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 7, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slang in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slang in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of slang in a Sentence

  1. Brian Hickerson:

    To clarify, I was enjoying a Miller 'Latte' [slang for Miller Lite], and Hayden was not drinking, we went to a new restaurant that is Texas-based, and being a Southern guy, I'm a big fan of country music. So yes, there was some line dancing involved. Hayden and I are not back together but are working on a friendship.

  2. Ernest Wooden:

    It's easy to imagine that much of what the Chinese know about living in the United States, the slang, the hip hop the technology, comes from the movies, and L.A. has that pedigree.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    For those of you who watched the game against the Wizards last night, it was, to use slang, he was clowning. He was all jumping up and down, just settle down.

  4. David Ortiz:

    When you start hanging out with 'tigueres' (Dominican slang for street toughs), you sometimes have to show that you're a 'tiguere,' a lot of former players hang out with 'reggaeton' artists and 'tigueres.' They go to clubs and bars. It's like they're living the life that perhaps as players they couldn't enjoy.

  5. Raymond Chandler:

    It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.

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