Definitions for: Slang


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Slang,
imp. of Sling. Slung. [Archaic]


Slang, n.
Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory. [Local, Eng.]
--Holland.


Slang, n. [Cf. Sling.]
A fetter worn on the leg by a convict. [Eng.]


Slang, n. [Said to be of Gypsy origin; but probably from
Scand., and akin to E. sling; cf. Norw. sleng a slinging, an
invention, device, slengja to sling, to cast, slengja kjeften
(literally, to sling the jaw) to use abusive language, to use
slang, slenjeord (ord = word) an insulting word, a new word
that has no just reason for being.]
Low, vulgar, unauthorized language; a popular but
unauthorized word, phrase, or mode of expression; also, the
jargon of some particular calling or class in society; low
popular cant; as, the slang of the theater, of college, of
sailors, etc.


Slang, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slanged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Slanging.]
To address with slang or ribaldry; to insult with vulgar
language. [Colloq.]

Every gentleman abused by a cabman or slanged by a
bargee was bound there and then to take off his coat
and challenge him to fisticuffs. --London
Spectator.

Synonyms: argot, befool, cant, cod, dupe, fool, gull, jargon, lingo, patois, put on, put one across, put one over, take in, vernacular

See Also: abuse, betray, blackguard, clapperclaw, deceive, kid, lead astray, non-standard speech, pull the leg of, rhyming slang, shout, speak, talk

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