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Slang
See also: Slang and släng

English

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Pronunciation

  • enPR: sl?ng, IPA(key): /slæ?/
  • (US, pre-/?/ tensing) enPR: sl?ng, IPA(key): /sle/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -e

Etymology 1

1756, meaning "special vocabulary of tramps or thieves", origin unknown. Possibly derived from a North Germanic source, related to Norwegian Nynorsk slengenamn ("nickname"), slengja kjeften ("to abuse verbally", literally "to sling one's jaw"), related to Icelandic slengja ("to sling, throw, hurl"), Old Norse slyngva ("to sling"). Not believed to be connected with language or lingo.

Noun

slang (countable and uncountable, plural slangs)

  1. Language outside of conventional usage and in the informal register.
  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.
    • 1871, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XI, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book I (Miss Brooke), page 172:
      "Oh, there are so many superior teas and sugars now. Superior is getting to be shopkeepers' slang. / "Are you beginning to dislike slang, then?" said Rosamond, with mild gravity. / "Only the wrong sort. All choice of words is slang. It marks a class." / "There is correct English: that is not slang." / "I beg your pardon: correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of poets."
  4. (countable) An item of slang; a slang word or expression.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
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Verb

slang (third-person singular simple present slangs, present participle slanging, simple past and past participle slanged)

  1. (transitive, dated) To vocally abuse, or shout at.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, "Miss Youghal's Sais", Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2007, p. 26,
      Also, he had to keep his temper when he was slanged in the theatre porch by a policeman.
See also

Etymology 2

Verb

slang

  1. (archaic) simple past tense of sling
    • 1836, Edward Bagnall, Saul and David
      Before he slang the all-deciding stone [...]

Etymology 3

Alternative forms

Noun

slang (plural slangs)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)

Etymology 4

Compare sling.

Noun

slang (plural slangs)

  1. (Britain, obsolete) A fetter worn on the leg by a convict.
  2. (Britain, obsolete, slang) A counterfeit weight or measure.
  3. (Britain, obsolete, slang) A travelling show, or one of its performances.
  4. (Britain, obsolete, slang) A hawker's license.
  5. (Britain, obsolete, slang) A watchchain.

Further reading

Etymology 5

The same as sling which is also used in this sense. The vowel exhibits the lowering of /?/ before /?/ distinguishing for African American Vernacular English, as in thang for thing, but the word has spread with this pronunciation outside the accents that exhibit this feature.

Verb

slang (third-person singular simple present slangs, present participle slanging, simple past and past participle slanged)

  1. (transitive, African American Vernacular, MLE) To sell (especially illegal drugs).
    • 2014, Cdai (lyrics), "Bail Out", performed by RondoNumbaNine ft. Cdai:
      Everyday I wake up gotta get back to the gwop
      Just another fuckin day in that gangway slangin rocks
    • 2016, TG Millian (lyrics), "Call Me A Spartan", performed by Harlem Spartans (Blanco, Zico, Bis, TG Millian, MizorMac):
      Whip, whip in the trap do up kitchen that's food (that's food)
      Cookin up grub
      Fuck, these niggas cookin up soup (uhhhhh)
      Slang the crack or the black
      Put the light and dark on the move
      Gold and brown and cute
      Gyal love me and I love them too (too)
    • 2017, Digga D (lyrics), "Next Up?", performed by 1011 (Digga D x Sav'O x T.Y):
      Bro I'm booky, I'll take your food if my belly starts rumbling
      They rap about bootings, they ain't blammed nobody
      Hold that properly when I bang that dotty
      I put sniff in a rex, and I slang that bobby

Anagrams


Afrikaans

Etymology

From Dutch slang ("snake, serpent"), from Middle Dutch slange ("snake, serpent"), from Old Dutch slango ("snake, serpent"), from Proto-Germanic *slangô ("snake, serpent").

Pronunciation

Noun

slang (plural slange)

  1. snake; serpent
    • 1983, E. P. Groenewald et al. (translators), Bybel, Genesis 3:2:
      Die vrou het die slang geantwoord: "Ons mag eet van die vrugte van die bome in die tuin.
      The woman answered the serpent: "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden.

Related terms


Cebuano

Etymology

Borrowed from English slang. A misnomer.

Noun

slang

  1. (colloquial, informal) twang, foreign accent

Adjective

slang

  1. (colloquial, informal) (usually of English speakers) Having a regional or foreign accent.

Czech

Czech Wikipedia has an article on:
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Noun

slang m

  1. slang

Danish

Danish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia da

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English slang.

Noun

slang c (singular definite slangen or slanget, not used in plural form)

  1. Language outside of conventional usage, slang.
Inflection
Derived terms

Etymology 2

See slange.

Verb

slang

  1. imperative of slange

Dutch

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch slange, from Old Dutch slango, from Proto-Germanic *slangô ("snake, serpent").

Pronunciation

Noun

slang f (plural slangen, diminutive slangetje n)

  1. snake
    Synonym: serpent
    Hypernym: reptiel
  2. hose (flexible tube)
Derived terms
Descendants

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English slang.

Pronunciation

Noun

slang n (plural slangs, diminutive slangetje n)

  1. language specific to one social group, slang

Anagrams


French

Etymology

From English slang

Pronunciation

Noun

slang m (plural slangs)

  1. English slang
    Twain fut un des premiers auteurs provenant des terres intérieures des États-Unis qui a su capturer la distinction, le slang comique et l'iconoclasme de sa nation.

See also

Further reading


Limburgish

Etymology 1

From Dutch slang.

Pronunciation

Noun

slang f

  1. hose (flexible tube)

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English slang.

Pronunciation

Noun

slang f

  1. slang

Norwegian Bokmål

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology 1

From English slang

Noun

slang m (definite singular slangen)

  1. slang (non-standard informal language)
Related terms

Etymology 2

Verb

slang

  1. imperative of slange

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology

From English slang

Noun

slang m (definite singular slangen)

  1. slang (non-standard informal language)

Related terms

References


Polish

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology

From English slang.

Pronunciation

Noun

slang m inan

  1. slang (jargon or cant)

Declension

Derived terms

Further reading

  • slang in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from English slang.

Pronunciation

Noun

slang n (plural slanguri)

  1. slang

Declension

Synonyms


Swedish

Noun

slang c

  1. hose, tube, flexible pipe
  2. (uncountable) slang (language)

Declension

Declension of slang 1
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative slang slangen slangar slangarna
Genitive slangs slangens slangars slangarnas
Declension of slang 2
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative slang slangen
Genitive slangs slangens

Tagalog

Noun

slang

  1. (colloquial, informal) A thick foreign accent in English.
    Ayos ka mag-Ingles a, parang Kano, slang na slang!
    That's some English diction you have, like an American, with their accent!

West Frisian

Etymology

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Noun

slang c (plural slangen, diminutive slankje)

  1. snake

Alternative forms

Further reading

  • "slang", in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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