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  • n. The state or condition of being slangy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality of being slangy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Slangy character or quality: as, the slanginess of one's speech.

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

  • n. casualness in use of language


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slangy +‎ -ness


  • Mr. Callahan's book is very good, but he is much under the sway of the willful subjectivity and slanginess of Pauline Kael.

    Hail, the Conquering Heroine

  • Schacht really is Holden's amoral 21st-century cousin: He shares the profane slanginess and the petulant self-righteousness of Salinger's famous malcontent.

    Sam Munson's ‘November Criminals,' about a disaffected teen in Washington, D.C.

  • Still, though, however contemptible (and blatant, insulting, blah blah blah) it was, Bush's lie had about it an appealing teenage slanginess.

    Ellis Weiner: A Tale of Two Georges

  • It's true that American academics tend to be more formal stuffier? than their current British counterparts, all stereotypes aside, although the current trend in British academic prose--rapid shifts from the formal to the informal register, occasional slanginess, offhanded walloping of other scholars--may be its own "form" instead of something truly "personal."

    The Little Professor:

  • Its ominous English title is appropriate enough for its mood, except for the easy current slanginess of that phrase, mouthed by so many of us now on trivial occasions.

    At Least One Way

  • "His contrasts of slanginess and gentility, his mingled audacity and _insouciance_ of character, and all the picturesque ins and outs of his moral architecture, so different from the severe plainness of the spiritual temples common in New Boston," do take the eye of peace-bred

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867.

  • The English newspapers, with the exception of a few anomalies such as Pink-Un, lean in the other direction; their fault is not slanginess, but an otiose ponderosity—in Dean Alford’s words, “the insisting on calling common things by uncommon names; changing our ordinary short Saxon nouns and verbs for long words derived from the Latin.

    Chapter 11. American Slang. 1. Its Origin and Nature

  • As unavoidable circumstances forced one to take him, -- commonness, slanginess, appalling ignorance, and all, -- one could not leave him.

    T. Tembarom

  • Whether they are recognized as slang will certainly depend in part on whether the occupation is familiar, though sometimes the familiarity will disguise, and sometimes it will conceal the slanginess.


  • From his childhood he had known nothing but the fever heat of his "little old New York," as he called it with affectionate slanginess, and any temperature lower than that he was accustomed to would have struck him as being below normal.

    The Shuttle


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