What does slang mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slang, slang expression, slang term(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"

  2. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular(verb)

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

    "they don't speak our lingo"

  3. slang(verb)

    use slang or vulgar language

  4. gull, dupe, slang, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one across(verb)

    fool or hoax

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

  5. slang(verb)

    abuse with coarse language


  1. slang(Noun)

    Language outside of conventional usage.

  2. slang(Noun)

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

  3. slang(Noun)

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

  4. slang(Verb)

    To vocally abuse, or shout at.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slang

    imp. of Sling. Slung

  2. Slang(noun)

    any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory

  3. Slang(noun)

    a fetter worn on the leg by a convict

  4. Slang(noun)

    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. Slang(verb)

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

  6. Slang

    of Sling

  7. Origin: [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.

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  1. Glans

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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. G. K. Chesterton:

    All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

  2. Anthony Burgess:

    The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang.

  3. Carl Sandburg:

    Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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