slang

Slang refers to a type of language that's too informal to use in certain situations. You can tell a word or phrase is slang when it becomes uncool to use it after a while — like "groovy" or "far out."

Often, slang terms are considered vulgar or offensive to use in polite conversation. However, over time, many slang expressions have become part of our standard vocabulary, as they are more commonly used. As a noun, slang can also mean "the characteristic language of a particular group of people" like a slang used by computer programmers.

Definitions 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”
    synonyms: slang expression, slang term
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    type of:
    non-standard speech
    speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
  2. noun
    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
    synonyms: argot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, vernacular
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    types:
    street name
    slang for something (especially for an illegal drug)
    rhyming slang
    slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component
    type of:
    non-standard speech
    speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
  3. verb
    use slang or vulgar language
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    type of:
    speak, talk
    use language
  4. verb
    fool or hoax
    synonyms: befool, cod, dupe, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, take in
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    types:
    kid, pull the leg of
    tell false information to for fun
    type of:
    betray, deceive, lead astray
    cause someone to believe an untruth
  5. verb
    abuse with coarse language
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    type of:
    abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout
    use foul or abusive language towards
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