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Definition of "slang" []

  • A kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, made up typically of short-lived coinages and figures of speech that are deliberately used in place of standard terms for added raciness, humor, irreverence, or other effect. (noun)
  • Language peculiar to a group; argot or jargon: thieves' slang. (noun)
  • To use slang. (verb-intransitive)
  • To use angry and abusive language: persuaded the parties to quit slanging and come to the bargaining table. (verb-intransitive)
  • To attack with abusive language; vituperate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "slang" in a sentence
  • "One of the aspects of coolness they note in slang is a playfulness, a sense of fun with the language."
  • "A journalist writes to ask about tween-speak, which he defines as slang spoken by people between the age of 8 and 12."
  • "The dreary _ennui_ of the heart, _ennui_ that revolts at truth, that is nauseated by earnestness, expresses itself in what we call slang, and slang is the sign of mental disease."