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 Dictionary entry overview: What does colloquialism mean? 

  The noun COLLOQUIALISM has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: COLLOQUIALISM used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1colloquialism [BACK TO TOP]


A colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("colloquialism" is a kind of...):

expression; formulation (the style of expressing yourself)

Domain member usage:

some (remarkable)

fiddling; footling; lilliputian; little; niggling; petty; picayune; piddling; piffling; trivial ((informal) small and of little importance)

big (significant)

dickey; dicky ((British informal) faulty)

killing; sidesplitting (very funny)

straight (not homosexual)

shirty; snorty ((British informal) ill-tempered or annoyed)

no-good; rubber (returned for lack of funds)

crappy; icky; lousy; rotten; shitty; stinking; stinky (very bad)

hopeless ((informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform)

bang-up; bully; corking; cracking; dandy; great; groovy; keen; neat; nifty; not bad; peachy; slap-up; smashing; swell (very good)

stuffed (crammed with food)

chummy; matey; pally; palsy-walsy ((used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals)

niffy ((British informal) malodorous)

gammy ((British informal) sore or lame)

snazzy (flashily stylish)

potty ((British informal) trivial)

hep; hip; hip to (informed about the latest trends)

highbrow; highbrowed (highly cultured or educated)

awful; frightful; terrible; tremendous (extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact)

together (mentally and emotionally stable)

decent (decently clothed)

all-fired (extreme; used as an intensifier)

bodacious (incorrigible)

blood-and-guts (marked by great zeal or violence)

hexed; jinxed ((usually used colloquially) causing or accompanied by misfortune)

blue-eyed; fair-haired; white-haired (favorite)

canned; transcribed (recorded for broadcast)

hot (recently stolen or smuggled)

dinky (small and insignificant)

bittie; bitty; itsy-bitsy; itty-bitty; teensy; teensy-weensy; teentsy; teeny; teeny-weeny; wee; weensy; weeny ((used informally) very small)

whacking ((British informal) enormous)

man-sized (very large; appropriate to the size of a man)

banging; humongous; thumping; walloping; whopping ((used informally) very large)

classy; posh; swish (elegant and fashionable)

prehistoric (no longer fashionable)

knocked-out (damaged)

burst; busted; ruptured (suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure ('busted' is an informal term for 'burst'))

broken; busted (out of working order ('busted' is an informal substitute for 'broken'))

boss-eyed ((British informal) cross-eyed)

flustered; hot and bothered; perturbed; rattled (thrown into a state of agitated confusion; ('rattled' is an informal term))

bad; tough (feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad'))

comfortable; comfy (providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief ('comfy' is informal))

starkers ((British informal) stark naked)

bare-ass; bare-assed; in the altogether; in the buff; in the raw; naked as a jaybird; peeled; raw; stark naked ((used informally) completely unclothed)

togged (dressed especially in smart clothes)

buddy-buddy; chummy; thick ((used informally) associated on close terms)

anserine; dopey; dopy; foolish; gooselike; goosey; goosy; jerky (having or revealing stupidity)

punch-drunk; silly; slaphappy (dazed from or as if from repeated blows)

chancy; flukey; fluky; iffy (subject to accident or chance or change)

bone-idle; bone-lazy (constitutionally lazy or idle)

chicken; chickenhearted; lily-livered; white-livered; yellow; yellow-bellied (easily frightened)

licked (having been got the better of)

plummy (very desirable)

in (currently fashionable)

groovy; swagger ((British informal) very chic)

cool (fashionable and attractive at the time; often skilled or socially adept)

big-ticket; high-ticket (very expensive)

crazy (possessed by inordinate excitement)

no-frills (characterized by the absence of inessential features)

crazy; wild (intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with)

het up (worked up emotionally by anger or excitement)

ritzy (luxuriously elegant)

anxious; dying (eagerly desirous)

live (abounding with life and energy)

hopped-up; stoned (under the influence of narcotics)

flat-footed (without reservation)

cushy; easygoing; soft (not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship)

tall (impressively difficult)

done for; gone; kaput (destroyed or killed)

primo (the best of its kind)

sweet; sweetly (in an affectionate or loving manner ('sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of 'sweetly'))

good; soundly; thoroughly (in a complete and thorough manner ('good' is sometimes used informally for 'thoroughly'))

by no means; not by a blame sight; not by a long sight (definitely not)

by all means (definitely or certainly)

awful; awfully; frightfully; terribly (used as intensifiers)

apparently; evidently; manifestly; obviously; patently; plain; plainly (unmistakably ('plain' is often used informally for 'plainly'))

anon ((old-fashioned or informal) in a little while)

good and (completely or thoroughly)

all over; everyplace; everywhere (to or in any or all places)

someplace; somewhere (in or at or to some place)

anyplace; anywhere (at or in or to any place)

jolly; pretty (used as an intensifier ('jolly' is used informally in Britain))

all right; alright; O.K.; okay (in a satisfactory or adequate manner)

plum; plumb (exactly)

all; altogether; completely; entirely; totally; whole; wholly (to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent ('whole' is often used informally for 'wholly'))

boiling (extremely)

flop; right (exactly)

forever; forever and a day (for a very long or seemingly endless time)

dingdong (heartily or earnestly)

plump (straight down especially heavily or abruptly)

plop; plunk (with a short hollow thud)

heaps (very much)

rough; roughly (with roughness or violence ('rough' is an informal variant for 'roughly'))

bang; bolt; slap; slapdash; smack (directly)

hopelessly (in a hopeless manner)

like crazy; like hell; like mad; like sin; like the devil; like thunder (with great speed or effort or intensity)

in a pig's eye; not very likely (very unlikely)

easy; slow; slowly; tardily (without speed ('slow' is sometimes used informally for 'slowly'))

easy; soft (in a relaxed manner; or without hardship)

easily; easy (with ease ('easy' is sometimes used informally for 'easily'))

certainly; for certain; for sure; sure; sure as shooting; sure enough; surely (definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely'))

irregardless (regardless; a combination of irrespective and regardless sometimes used humorously)

at any rate; at least; leastways; leastwise (if nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial))

right smart; way (to a great degree or by a great distance; very much ('right smart' is regional in the United States))

cockamamie; cockamamy; goofy; sappy; silly; wacky; whacky; zany (ludicrous, foolish)

knock-down-and-drag-out; knockdown-dragout (extremely violent)

fuggy ((British informal) poorly ventilated)

all right; fine; hunky-dory; o.k.; ok; okay (being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition)

screw-loose; screwy (not behaving normally)

lunatic; moonstruck (insane and believed to be affected by the phases of the moon)

fishy; funny; shady; suspect; suspicious (not as expected)

cool ((used of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification)

kosher (proper or legitimate)

fat; juicy (lucrative)

white-shoe (denoting a company or law firm owned and run by members of the WASP elite who are generally conservative)

jumped-up ((British informal) upstart)

high-flown; high-sounding; inflated (pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals))

crazy; half-baked; screwball; softheaded (foolish; totally unsound)

hot (very popular or successful)

dressy (in fancy clothing)

mind-bending; mind-blowing (intensely affecting the mind especially in producing hallucinations)

stuck (baffled)

done up (wrapped and tied)

umpteenth; umptieth; umteenth (last in an indefinitely numerous series)

hot (performed or performing with unusually great skill and daring and energy)

whacked ((British informal) exhausted or worn out)

all in; beat; bushed; dead (very tired)

economical; frugal; scotch; sparing; stinting (avoiding waste)

pumped; pumped up; pumped-up; wired (tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline)

buttoned-up ((British colloquial) not inclined to conversation)

jiggered ((British informal expletive) surprised)

goggle-eyed; openmouthed; popeyed (with eyes or mouth open in surprise)

gobsmacked (utterly astounded)

ropey; ropy ((British informal) very poor in quality)

bum; cheap; cheesy; chintzy; crummy; punk; sleazy; tinny (of very poor quality; flimsy)

boss; brag (exceptionally good)

A-one; ace; crack; fantastic; first-rate; super; tiptop; topnotch; tops (of the highest quality)

shy (short)

bad (nonstandard)

clubable; clubbable (inclined to club together)

square (leaving no balance)

dishy ((informal British) good-looking)

drink (any large deep body of water)

teaser (an attention-getting opening presented at the start of a television show)

pertainym (meaning relating to or pertaining to)

bare bones ((plural) the most basic facts or elements)

plague (an annoyance)

negative stimulation; turnoff (something causing antagonism or loss of interest)

turn-on (something causing excitement or stimulating interest)

crosshairs (a center of interest)

think (an instance of deliberate thinking)

hang-up (an emotional preoccupation)

can of worms (a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity)

countenance; kisser; mug; phiz; physiognomy; smiler; visage (the human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face' and 'phiz' is British))

proboscis (the human nose (especially when it is large))

peeper (an informal term refering to the eye)

eye; oculus; optic (the organ of sight)

hot stuff; voluptuousness (the quality of being attractive and exciting (especially sexually exciting))

pickup (a warrant to take someone into custody)

double Dutch (an incomprehensible talk)

put-down; squelch; squelcher; takedown (a crushing remark)

borscht belt; borscht circuit; borsht belt; borsht circuit ((informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests)

turf (range of jurisdiction or influence)

maffia; mafia (any tightly knit group of trusted associates)

swad (a bunch)

firewater (any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum))

banger ((British informal) pork sausage)

blahs (a general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction)

creeps (a feeling of fear and revulsion)

blessed event; happy event (the live birth of a child)

barnburner (a impressively successful event)

homestretch (the end of an enterprise)

pep talk (a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff)

huddle; powwow ((informal) a quick private conference)

bull session (an informal discussion (usually among men))

rap (voluble conversation)

drag (something tedious and boring)

enormity (vastness of size or extent)

number (a clothing measurement)

funny wagon (an ambulance used to transport patients to a mental hospital)

delf (an excavation; usually a quarry or mine)

bib-and-tucker (an attractive outfit)

bunny; bunny rabbit ((usually informal) especially a young rabbit)

dickey-bird; dickeybird; dicky-bird; dickybird (small bird; adults talking to children sometimes use these words to refer to small birds)

hell; sin; fun (violent and excited activity)

aggro ((informal British usage) aggravation or aggression)

wash (any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out)

snogging ((British informal) cuddle and kiss)

crapshoot (a risky and uncertain venture)

no-brainer (anything that requires little thought)

biz; game (your occupation or line of work)

heavy lifting (difficult work)

fix (something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug)

boom box; ghetto blaster (a portable stereo)

lemon; stinker (an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory)

long johns (warm underwear with long legs)

way (the property of distance in general)

backbone; grit; gumption; guts; moxie; sand (fortitude and determination)

setup (the way something is organized or arranged)

class (elegance in dress or behavior)

smoke (something with no concrete substance)

war paint (full ceremonial regalia)

Sunday best; Sunday clothes (the best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday)

shooting gallery (a building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin)

security blanket (anything that an adult person uses to reduce their anxiety)

Ritz (an ostentatiously elegant hotel)

redbrick university ((British informal) a provincial British university of relatively recent founding; distinguished from Oxford University and Cambridge University)

rattrap (filthy run-down dilapidated housing)

rathole (a small dirty uncomfortable room)

put-put (a small gasoline engine (as on motor boat))

main drag (the main street of a town or city)

firewall ((colloquial) the application of maximum thrust)

dinky ((British informal) pretty and neat)

soup (any composition having a consistency suggestive of soup)

fug ((British informal) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere)

throw (a single chance or instance)

street (a situation offering opportunities)

crack; shot (a chance to do something)

dumps; mopes (an informal expression for a mildly depressed state)

charley horse; charley-horse (a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise)

horniness; hot pants; hotness (a state of sexual arousal)

frazzle (a state of extreme exhaustion)

state (a state of depression or agitation)

size; size of it (the actual state of affairs)

soup (an unfortunate situation)

load (an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate)

ice; sparkler (diamonds)

swag (valuable goods)

sticks and stone (a general term for building materials)

week from Monday (a time period of a week or more)

month of Sundays (a time perceived as long)

livid (furiously angry)

huffy; mad; sore (roused to anger)

hot under the collar (very angry)

fly ((British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked)

hot (marked by excited activity)

dead-on (accurate and to the point)

un-come-at-able; un-get-at-able; ungetatable (difficult to reach or attain)

come-at-able; get-at-able; getatable (capable of being reached or attained)

potted ((British informal) summarized or abridged)

break (happen or take place)

give it a try; give it a whirl (try)

keep one's eyes open; keep one's eyes peeled; keep one's eyes skinned (pay attention; be watchful)

foot; hoof; hoof it; leg it (walk)

figure (understand)

blue moon (a long time)

meal ticket (a source of income or livelihood)

giveaway (a gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group)

cleanup; killing (a very large profit)

headhunter (a recruiter of personnel (especially for corporations))

head (a user of (usually soft) drugs)

bloke; geezer (a man who is (usually) old and/or eccentric)

gal (alliterative term for girl (or woman))

fuddy-duddy; stuffed shirt (a bore)

dud; flop; washout (someone who is unsuccessful)

fence (a dealer in stolen property)

don't-know (a person who responds 'I don't know' in a public opinion poll)

dodo; fogey; fogy; fossil (someone whose style is out of fashion)

dimwit; doofus; half-wit; nitwit (a stupid incompetent person)

dick; gumshoe; hawkshaw (someone who is a detective)

cannon fodder; fresh fish (soldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire)

canary (a female singer)

bull; cop; copper; fuzz; pig (uncomplimentary terms for a policeman)

big cheese; big deal; big enchilada; big fish; big gun; big shot; big wheel; head honcho (an important influential person)

hustler; operator; wheeler dealer (a shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties)

know-all; know-it-all (someone who thinks he knows everything and refuses to accept advice or information from others)

lazybones (a lazy person)

woman (a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man)

card; wag; wit (a witty amusing person who makes jokes)

townee (townsman unacquainted with country life especially a slick and flashy male city dweller)

thrush (a woman who sings popular songs)

square; square toes (a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views)

killjoy; party pooper; spoilsport; wet blanket (someone who spoils the pleasure of others)

greyback; Johnny; Johnny Reb; Reb; Rebel ('Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; 'greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms)

gloomy Gus; picklepuss; pouter; sourpuss (someone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression)

shoofly (an undercover police officer who investigates other policemen)

clone; dead ringer; ringer (a person who is almost identical to another)

rainmaker (executive who is very successful in bringing in business to his company or firm)

paperhanger (someone who passes bad checks or counterfeit paper money)

mouth; mouthpiece (a spokesperson (as a lawyer))

middlebrow (someone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow)

man (a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman)

number one (a reference to yourself or myself etc.; 'take care of number one' means to put your own interests first)

Domain member usage:

skip (leave suddenly)

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