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Meaning & Definition of Slang in English

English

Slang

/slæŋ/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • slang
  • ,
  • slang expression
  • ,
  • slang term

2. A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

  • "They don't speak our lingo"
    synonym:
  • slang
  • ,
  • cant
  • ,
  • jargon
  • ,
  • lingo
  • ,
  • argot
  • ,
  • patois
  • ,
  • vernacular

verb

1. Use slang or vulgar language

    synonym:
  • slang

2. Fool or hoax

  • "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"
  • "You can't fool me!"
    synonym:
  • gull
  • ,
  • dupe
  • ,
  • slang
  • ,
  • befool
  • ,
  • cod
  • ,
  • fool
  • ,
  • put on
  • ,
  • take in
  • ,
  • put one over
  • ,
  • put one across

3. Abuse with coarse language

    synonym:
  • slang

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