quasi-colloquial

colloquial

[kuh-loh-kwee-uhl]
adjective
1.
characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
2.
involving or using conversation.

Origin:
1745–55; colloquy + -al1

colloquially, adverb
colloquialness, colloquiality, noun
quasi-colloquial, adjective
quasi-colloquially, adverb
semicolloquial, adjective
semicolloquially, adverb
uncolloquial, adjective
uncolloquially, adverb


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.


1. formal.
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colloquial (kəˈləʊkwɪəl)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to conversation
2.  Compare informal denoting or characterized by informal or conversational idiom or vocabulary
 
col'loquially
 
adv
 
col'loquialness
 
n

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