Synonyms for slang

Grammar : Noun
Spell : slang
Phonetic Transcription : slæŋ

Top 10 synonyms for slang Other synonyms for the word slang

Définition of slang

Origin :
  • 1756, "special vocabulary of tramps or thieves," later "jargon of a particular profession" (1801), of uncertain origin, the usual guess being that it is from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian slengenamn "nickname," slengja kjeften "to abuse with words," literally "to sling the jaw," related to Old Norse slyngva "to sling." But OED, while admitting "some approximation in sense," discounts this connection based on "date and early associations." Liberman also denies it, as well as any connection with French langue (or language or lingo). Rather, he derives it elaborately from an old slang word meaning "narrow piece of land," itself of obscure origin. Century Dictionary says "there is no evidence to establish a Gipsy origin." Sense of "very informal language characterized by vividness and novelty" first recorded 1818.
  • [S]lang is a conscious offence against some conventional standard of propriety. A mere vulgarism is not slang, except when it is purposely adopted, and acquires an artificial currency, among some class of persons to whom it is not native. The other distinctive feature of slang is that it is neither part of the ordinary language, nor an attempt to supply its deficiencies. The slang word is a deliberate substitute for a word of the vernacular, just as the characters of a cipher are substitutes for the letters of the alphabet, or as a nickname is a substitute for a personal name. [Henry Bradley, from "Slang," in "Encyclopedia Britannica," 11th ed.]
  • A word that ought to have survived is slangwhanger (1807, American English) "noisy or abusive talker or writer."
  • noun casual dialect
Example sentences :
  • And as Monny remarked, in neat American slang, we were "right up against it."
  • Extract from : « It Happened in Egypt » by C. N. Williamson
  • She knitted her brows over this fresh specimen of American slang.
  • Extract from : « The Black Bag » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • Ordinary London slang is full of witty things said by nobody in particular.
  • Extract from : « Alarms and Discursions » by G. K. Chesterton
  • In short, to use a slang expression, I distinctly got away with it.
  • Extract from : « The Harbor » by Ernest Poole
  • Tim was picking up all the city boys' false pride as well as their slang.
  • Extract from : « Stories of a Western Town » by Octave Thanet
  • But I never knew what the slang meant until I came out here.
  • Extract from : « The Boy Settlers » by Noah Brooks
  • And, with this slang reflection, he sauntered into the inn to wait for his horses.
  • Extract from : « Roland Cashel » by Charles James Lever
  • Among all these wanderers there is a current slang of the roads, as in England.
  • Extract from : « The Gypsies » by Charles G. Leland
  • Slang has its value for it has taken place of much profanity.
  • Extract from : « Dollars and Sense » by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Slang and profanity, and logic and thought don't mix well together.
  • Extract from : « Dollars and Sense » by Col. Wm. C. Hunter

Antonyms for slang

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