Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Colloquial style or quality.
  • n. A colloquial expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A colloquial word or phrase; a common spoken expression, often regional.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A colloquial expression, not employed in formal discourse or writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word or phrase peculiar to the language of common or familiar conversation.
  • n. Colloquial style, quality, or usage: as, “a transcript of the colloquialism of the day,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Etymologies

colloquial +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jake's obsessing about his "colloquialism" - meanwhile Obama props his question up to deliver some "on message" remarks regarding energy and healthcare ...

    ABC News Podcast: The Shuffle

  • She seemed to delight in the word, and every time she pronounced it a light came into her old face, and I began to understand her and to feel that I could place her, to use a colloquialism which is so expressive that perhaps its use may be forgiven.

    Memoirs of My Dead Life

  • A definition of the terms: "colloquialism" and "idiom" Instances of their use in the Speech on Conciliation.

    Burke's Speech on Conciliation with America

  • "African-American vernacular" is simply a colloquialism, meaning it is unacceptable in any formal situation.

    post-gazette.com - News

  • Something of the same brassy colloquialism has evidently now burrowed its way onto our wall labels and into our catalogue entries, and would have refused to budge if a few of us had not learned to love our inner stickler, and accepted that there are certain limits to what one can definitely say about the original state of very old things.

    Well, they would, wouldn’t they?

  • "It's eating our seed corn," said Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla., referencing the colloquialism that when times are tough, and one is hungry, you're supposed to plant seeds for crop, not eat them.

    White House To Rick Scott: We'll Spend Florida's High-Speed Rail Money Elsewhere

  • It was no coincidence that willy is the standard British colloquialism for the male sex organ.

    William and Kate

  • A: “Who all,” like “you all,” is a common redundant suffixal colloquialism and may be used without disadvantage in all but the most snobbish circles, even though it is not standard English.

    The Language Monitor

  • The trend has become so prevalent that the term "cougar" is now a commonly used colloquialism.

    Louis Licari: The Last Taboo

  • The Obama administration has been trying to bridge that gap with noble efforts like its recruitment website teach.gov and, most recently, with the president's reference to that South Korean colloquialism in his State of the Union.

    Dan Ross: An Army of Nation Builders: How National Conscription Can Save Public Education

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