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[slant, slahnt] /slænt, slɑnt/
verb (used without object)
to veer or angle away from a given level or line, especially from a horizontal; slope.
to have or be influenced by a subjective point of view, bias, personal feeling or inclination, etc. (usually followed by toward).
verb (used with object)
to cause to slope.
to distort (information) by rendering it unfaithfully or incompletely, especially in order to reflect a particular viewpoint:
He slanted the news story to discredit the Administration.
to write, edit, or publish for the interest or amusement of a specific group of readers:
a story slanted toward young adults.
slanting or oblique direction; slope:
the slant of a roof.
a slanting line, surface, etc.
a mental leaning, bias, or distortion:
His mind shows a curious slant.
viewpoint; opinion; attitude:
Let him give you his slant.
Informal. a glance or look.
Also called angle. Journalism. the particular mood or vein in which something is written, edited, or published:
His column always has a humorous slant.
  1. an offensive play in which the ball-carrier runs toward the line of scrimmage at an angle.
  2. Also called slant-in. a pass pattern in which a receiver cuts diagonally across the middle of the field.
Also called slant-eye
[slant-ahy, slahnt-ahy] /ˈslæntˌaɪ, ˈslɑntˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person from East Asia, especially a Chinese or Japanese person.
sloping; oblique:
a slant roof; a slant approach.
Origin of slant
1485-95; aphetic variant of aslant
Related forms
slantingly, slantly, adverb
unslanted, adjective
unslanting, adjective
1. lean, incline. See slope. 6. incline, inclination, pitch, obliquity, obliqueness.
Usage note
See slant-eyed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • From the single piece specified cut out the back posts, giving them the amount of slant indicated in the drawing.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • And on this chart the lines did not slant but went vertically downward.

    Disturbing Sun Robert Shirley Richardson
  • Although she tried to slant her story in such a way that she would not appear too much at fault, the facts remained bald and ugly.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
  • Now that he looked at it from above, he could scarcely perceive any slant.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Then a subterranean chamber would be opened out from the slant tunnel.

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
British Dictionary definitions for slant


to incline or be inclined at an oblique or sloping angle
(transitive) to write or present (news, etc) with a bias
(intransitive) foll by towards. (of a person's opinions) to be biased
an inclined or oblique line or direction; slope
a way of looking at something
a bias or opinion, as in an article
a less technical name for solidus
on a slant, on the slant, sloping
oblique, sloping
Derived Forms
slanting, adjective
slantingly, slantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: short for aslant, probably of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for slant

1520s, "to strike obliquely" (against something), alteration of slenten "slip sideways" (c.1300), perhaps via a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish slinta "to slip," Norwegian slenta "to fall on one side"), from Proto-Germanic *slintanan. Intransitive sense of "to slope, to lie obliquely" is first recorded 1690s; transitive sense of "to give a sloping direction to" is from 1805. Related: Slanted; slanting. As an adverb from late 15c.; as an adjective from 1610s. Slant rhyme attested from 1944.


1650s, "an oblique direction or plane" (originally of landforms), from slant (v.). Meaning "a way of regarding something" is from 1905. Derogatory slang sense of "a slant-eyed Asian person" is recorded from 1943, from earlier slant-eyes (1929).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slant



A style or register of language consisting of terms that can be substituted for standard terms of the same conceptual meaning but having stronger emotive impact than the standard terms, in order to express an attitude of self-assertion toward conventional order and moral authority and often an affinity with or membership in occupational, ethnic, or other social groups, and ranging in acceptability from sexual and scatological crudity to audacious wittiness (see Preface)

[mid-1700s+ British; origin unknown; probably related to sling, which has cognates in Norwegian that suggest the abusive nature of slang; the British dialect original term slang meant both ''a kind of projectile-hurling weapon'' and ''the language of thieves and vagabonds,'' reinforcing the connection with ''sling'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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