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Slang Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don''t speak our lingo"
  • 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"
  • abuse with coarse language
  • fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can''t fool me!"
  • use slang or vulgar language

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • 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" ,
  • a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"

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Slang Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Slang are words that are informal. Usually each generation or social group has its own slang - for example, older people can have trouble understanding the slang of younger people. On the other hand, younger people often understand, but find silly or old-fashioned, the slang of older people.

Over time, language tends to get more complex, since new words enter much faster than old words leave. Over time, slang almost always becomes part of the language, and approved for use by all.

It has also happened that some words used in Anglo-Saxon for bodily functions became thought of as profanity or rude after they were replaced by Latinate words like "urinate", "defecate" and "copulate" - which polite people were supposed to use after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. This was in part a way of making poor people (who spoke Anglo-Saxon) all appear to be rude, while more powerful people (who spoke Norman) appeared to be polite - one way that etiquette can develop, and reinforce power structure. This is only one example from history of how racism can be a reason for defining one group's language as 'slang' and another as 'correct'.



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* All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. - G. K. Chesterton


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