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colloquial

[kuh-loh-kwee-uh l] /kəˈloʊ kwi əl/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
2.
involving or using conversation.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; colloquy + -al1
Related forms
colloquially, adverb
colloquialness, colloquiality, noun
quasi-colloquial, adjective
quasi-colloquially, adverb
semicolloquial, adjective
semicolloquially, adverb
uncolloquial, adjective
uncolloquially, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. Colloquial, conversational, informal refer to types of speech or to usages not on a formal level. Colloquial is often mistakenly used with a connotation of disapproval, as if it meant “vulgar” or “bad” or “incorrect” usage, whereas it is merely a familiar style used in speaking and writing. Conversational refers to a style used in the oral exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.: an easy conversational style. Informal means without formality, without strict attention to set forms, unceremonious: an informal manner of speaking; it describes the ordinary, everyday language of cultivated speakers.
Antonyms
1. formal.
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Examples for colloquial
  • Common names are also provided for standardized formats, when the formal name excludes colloquial elements.
  • Perhaps my more colloquial understanding of random is different from the mathematical meaning.
  • Flutter sounds colloquial and innocuous, but it can be deadly.
  • Yet he was plain and colloquial in speech, not full of profound pronunciamentos about life.
  • There is no colloquial designation that guarantees quality.
  • The poems selected are mostly written in a natural, colloquial style and should be read that way.
  • In colloquial use, burning is also accompanied by a high amount of heat being released and flames.
  • Direct the translators to produce colloquial questions and instructions that survey respondents can easily understand and use.
  • For formats established by corporations, the common or colloquial full name is provided.
  • White lightning is a colloquial term for thunderstorms occurring with snow.
British Dictionary definitions for colloquial

colloquial

/kəˈləʊkwɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to conversation
2.
denoting or characterized by informal or conversational idiom or vocabulary Compare informal
Derived Forms
colloquially, adverb
colloquialness, noun
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Contemporary definitions for colloquial
adjective

pertaining to words or expressions more suitable for speech than writing; in informal, conversational style

Word Origin

Latin colloquium 'speaking together'

noun

colloquial language or speech

Word Origin

Latin colloquium 'speaking together'

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Word Origin and History for colloquial
colloquial
1751, from colloquy "a conversation" (1459), from L. colloquium "conference, conversation," from com- "together" + loqui "speak."
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