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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a slang term
▪ ‘The Old Bill’ is a slang term for the police.
rhyming slang
▪ I'd be doing rhyming slang if I didn't watch out.
▪ I remember thinking that use of rhyming slang was going to help clear matters up in no time.
▪ The slang term square might convey an impression which includes the suit, crew-cut and tie.
▪ Have you not heard the slang term posh, Watson?
▪ Two hundred years ago it was their slang word for gourd.
▪ Anne: In cockney rhyming slang what is tomfoolery?
▪ There is nothing wrong with using slang.
▪ These terms do not carry negative connotations; however, for convenience we will continue to use the popular term slang.
▪ He somehow seemed familiar with the jokes that the young were making and used their slang.
▪ Once he started transmitting he couldn't help using all that C.B slang, even in an emergency.
▪ 'Doolally', meaning 'crazy', is 19th century soldiers' slang, and comes from the name of an Indian town.
▪ "Baloney" is US slang for nonsense.
▪ "Bladdered" is slang for "drunk".
▪ "Shepherd" was a slang term for a spy.
▪ I was totally confused by the slang that the other kids were using.
▪ Anne: In cockney rhyming slang what is tomfoolery?
▪ Have you not heard the slang term posh, Watson?
▪ He kept a notebook full of characters' names, prospective titles and slang.
▪ Once he started transmitting he couldn't help using all that C.B slang, even in an emergency.
▪ The name, by the way, is Louisiana slang for one of its chief seafood products, crawfish.
▪ Yet when I came to think about it, it was only the slang that I didn't quite understand.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Slang \Slang\, imp. of Sling. Slung. [Archaic]


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


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


Slang \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 \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.


Sling \Sling\, v. t. [imp. Slung, Archaic Slang; p. p. Slung; p. pr. & vb. n. Slinging.] [AS. slingan; akin to D. slingeren, G. schlingen, to wind, to twist, to creep, OHG. slingan to wind, to twist, to move to and fro, Icel. slyngva, sl["o]ngva, to sling, Sw. slunga, Dan. slynge, Lith. slinkti to creep.]

  1. To throw with a sling. ``Every one could sling stones at an hairbreadth, and not miss.''
    --Judg. xx. 16.

  2. To throw; to hurl; to cast.

  3. To hang so as to swing; as, to sling a pack.

  4. (Naut) To pass a rope round, as a cask, gun, etc., preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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, such as 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.\n\n[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.]

\nA word that ought to have survived is slangwhanger (1807, American English) "noisy or abusive talker or writer."

Etymology 1 n. 1 Language outside of conventional usage. 2 Language that is unique to a particular profession or subject; jargon. 3 The specialized language of a social group, sometimes used to make what is said unintelligible to those not members of the group; cant. vb. (context transitive dated English) To vocally abuse, or shout at. Etymology 2

vb. (context archaic English) (en-simple past of: sling) Etymology 3

n. (context UK dialect English) Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory. Etymology 4

n. (context UK obsolete English) A fetter worn on the leg by a convict.

  1. 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"

  2. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular]

  1. v. use slang or vulgar language

  2. fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!" [syn: gull, dupe, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one across]

  3. abuse with coarse language


Slang consists of a lexicon of non-standard words and phrases in a given language. Use of these words and phrases is typically associated with the subversion of a standard variety (such as Standard English) and is likely to be interpreted by listeners as implying particular attitudes on the part of the speaker. In some contexts, a speaker's selection of slang words or phrases may convey prestige, indicating group membership or distinguishing group members from those who are not a part of the group.

Slang (album)

Slang is the sixth studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1996. The album marked a musical departure from their signature sound, and was produced by the band with Pete Woodroffe. Slang is the first album with new material to feature new guitarist Vivian Campbell (Campbell had previously played on the B-side collection Retro Active in 1993 and on the new song on Vault a year earlier). It charted at #14 on The Billboard 200 and #5 on the UK Albums Chart. It is also the only Def Leppard album that does not feature their recognisable logo on the album cover.

Slang (disambiguation)

Slang is the use of informal words and expressions in certain social settings.

Slang may also refer to:

  • Slang (album), by Def Leppard
    • Slang (Def Leppard song), a song off the abovementioned album
  • S-Lang (programming language), an array-based scripting language
    • S-Lang (programming library), the S-Lang programmer's library
  • Internet slang
Slang (Def Leppard song)

"Slang" is a 1996 song by British rock band Def Leppard from their gold album Slang. It reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is the only one from its parent album to be played after the Slang World Tour of 1996 to 1997, with Def Leppard performing the song most recently during their Viva! Hysteria concert residency of Las Vegas in 2013.

In reference to the song, lead singer Elliot said in the album's commentary that Slang is "a bit of a throwback to [Def Leppard's] original sound, in other words loads and loads of backing vocals" and said that "live, this song has always been a favourite with fans".

The single cover features the Def Leppard logo (the 1995 variation) but Slang did not feature the logo in any variation.

Usage examples of "slang".

Slang for malicious software, a computer program, such as a virus, worm, or Trojan Horse, that performs damaging tasks.

One was when I heard you slanging me to Lady Samplar, and I suddenly felt hopelessly cut off from my kind.

Kate Croy assisted with the cool controlled facility that went so well, as the others said, with her particular kind of good looks, the kind that led you to expect the person enjoying them WOULD dispose of disputations, speculations, aspirations, in a few very neatly and brightly uttered words, so simplified in sense, however, that they sounded, even when guiltless, like rather aggravated slang.

He was pleasantly surprised to learn that slang could be a rich and inventive vocabulary on its own, rather than the sublingual resort of the inarticulate he had been taught it was.

Elward was as always talking that White Castle-Plaquemine coonass slang.

When it is remembered how near Eton is to London, and how frequent the communication, it will appear astonishing, but highly creditable to the authorities, that so little of the current slang of the day is to be met with here.

While Andy enjoyed battling with the thick Glaswegian slang, ultimately he was very relieved to get back into the Corps.

The Englishman, one of the few remaining intellectuals of his race, compensated for the severe study of physics by a scarcely less devoted research into the history of English expletives and slang, delighting to treat his colleagues to the fruits of his toil.

The janitorial staff was composed mainly of offenders sentenced off-Earth: offies in the current slang.

One of them, the Book of Esther, is the original whole megillah in the slang sense.

She is discussed by her dear friends with all the genteelest slang in vogue, with the last new word, the last new manner, the last new drawl, and the perfection of polite indifference.

Three men, armed with guns and looking like banditti, came in shortly after I had gone to bed, speaking a kind of slang which I could not make out, swearing, raging, and paying no attention to me.

This sort of slang, therefore, technical in origin, the natural efflorescence of highly cultivated agilities of brain, and hand, and eye, is worthy of all commendation.

McCoy had called it, and at the old, old Starfleet slang Arrhae/Terise had laughed out loud for the first time since he came into the house.

The linguist will find the language of the book rich in slang - the general argot of the day, the cant of army life, and the specialised Hindu and Tamil dialects and bastardised English that came to be used by both the English army and their servants in colonial India.