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 Dictionary entry overview: What does jargon mean? 

JARGON (noun)
  The noun JARGON has 3 senses:

1. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
2. a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon
3. specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

  Familiarity information: JARGON used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

JARGON (noun)

Sense 1jargon [BACK TO TOP]


A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


vernacular; patois; lingo; jargon; argot; slang; cant

Context example:

they don't speak our lingo

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

non-standard speech (speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community)

Domain member usage:

buy it; pip out (be killed or die)

give (occur)

bumf; bumph (toilet paper (often used for printed matter that might as well be used as toilet paper))

bitch (an unpleasant difficulty)

heebie-jeebies; jitters; screaming meemies (extreme nervousness)

the shits; the trots (obscene terms for diarrhea)

juice (energetic vitality)

skinful (a quantity of alcoholic drink sufficient to make you drunk)

key (a kilogram of a narcotic drug)

big bucks; big money; bundle; megabucks; pile (a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit))

juice (electric current)

wog ((offensive British slang) term used by the British to refer to people of color from Africa or Asia)

tripper ((slang) someone who has taken a psychedelic drug and is undergoing hallucinations)

squeeze ((slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend)

feel (pass one's hands over the sexual organs of)

hoof (dance in a professional capacity)

chuck; ditch (throw away)

drop-dead (extremely)

clean; plum; plumb (completely; used as intensifiers)

slam-bang (violent and sudden and noisy)

pint-size; pint-sized; runty; sawed-off; sawn-off (well below average height)

bolshy; stroppy (obstreperous)

mean (excellent)

built; stacked; well-stacked (well or attractively formed with respect to physique)

some (remarkable)

grotty (very unpleasant or offensive)

uncool ((spoken slang) unfashionable and boring)

freaky (strange and somewhat frightening)

can-do (marked by a willingness to tackle a job and get it done)

besotted; blind drunk; blotto; cockeyed; crocked; fuddled; loaded; pie-eyed; pissed; pixilated; plastered; potty; slopped; sloshed; smashed; soaked; soused; sozzled; squiffy; stiff; tiddley; tiddly; tight; tipsy; wet (very drunk)

square; straight (rigidly conventional or old-fashioned)

bunk off; play hooky (play truant from work or school)

schlockmeister; shlockmeister ((slang) a merchant who deals in shoddy or inferior merchandise)

out-and-outer (someone who is excellent at something)

old man ((slang) boss)

bay window; corporation; pot; potbelly; tummy (slang for a paunch)

soup-strainer; toothbrush (slang for a mustache)

legs (staying power)

cert (an absolute certainty)

dreck; schlock; shlock (merchandise that is shoddy or inferior)

nick ((British slang) a prison)

Mickey Finn (slang term for knockout drops)

gat; rod (a gangster's pistol)

deck (street name for a packet of illegal drugs)

caff (informal British term for a cafe)

shakedown (a very thorough search of a person or a place)

square-bashing (drill on a barracks square)

shakedown (extortion of money (as by blackmail))

heist; rip-off (the act of stealing)

bite (a portion removed from the whole)

niff; pong (an unpleasant smell)

corker ((dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person)

guvnor ((British slang) boss)

good egg ((old-fashioned slang) a good person)

boffin ((British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research)

bad egg ((old-fashioned slang) a bad person)

baby; sister ((slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women)

airhead (a flighty scatterbrained simpleton)

Jap; Nip ((offensive slang) a person of Japanese descent)

'hood ((slang) a neighborhood)

nosh-up (a large satisfying meal)

burnup (a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road)

bun-fight; bunfight ((Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion)

skin flick (a pornographic movie)

applesauce; codswallop; folderol; rubbish; trash; tripe; trumpery; wish-wash (nonsensical talk or writing)

baloney; bilgewater; boloney; bosh; drool; humbug; taradiddle; tarradiddle; tommyrot; tosh; twaddle (pretentious or silly talk or writing)

hooey; poppycock; stuff; stuff and nonsense (senseless talk)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "jargon"):

street name (slang for something (especially for an illegal drug))

rhyming slang (slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component)

Sense 2jargon [BACK TO TOP]


A colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances


jargoon; jargon

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

zircon; zirconium silicate (a common mineral occurring in small crystals; chief source of zirconium; used as a refractory when opaque and as a gem when transparent)

Sense 3jargon [BACK TO TOP]


Specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

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

expressive style; style (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "jargon"):

doctorspeak (medical jargon)

ecobabble (using the technical language of ecology to make the user seem ecologically aware)

Eurobabble (the jargon of European community documents and regulations)

gobbledygook (incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists)

psychobabble (using language loaded with psychological terminology)

technobabble (technical jargon from computing and other high-tech subjects)

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