Definition of back slang in English:

back slang


mass noun
  • Slang in which words are spoken as though they were spelled backwards (e.g. redraw for warder).

    • ‘Cockney back slang was rife and although it was spoken slightly differently by the real cockneys, it still lives today.’
    • ‘A butcher might use back slang to announce the shop has run out of something.’
    • ‘Where can i learn back slang?’
    • ‘And for the linguistic enthusiasts amongst you, ‘yob’ itself is back slang for ‘boy’.’
    • ‘I even found it really easy to speak back-slang.’
    • ‘It's from British back slang and the word ‘boy’ spelled backwards.’
    • ‘According to recent newspaper reports, what word, formed from back slang and often used to describe young male delinquents, has now been banned from use at Scotland Yard for fear of upsetting young offenders?’
    • ‘In the backstreets of London, his unofficial languages included rhyming slang, back slang, and a variant of London back slang known as ‘aiga’.’
    • ‘His gobbledegook is not grown-up language - it's laugh-a-minute language neologisms reminiscent of playground kids speaking back-slang.’
    • ‘An unusual kind of slang, known as back slang, evolved in England.’
    • ‘It was derived from a variety of sources, such as Italian words, rhyming slang, and back slang, which was saying a word as if it were spelled backwards.’
    • ‘My late mother was a genuine ‘Bow Bells’ cockney from the Edwardian era, and she used to tell me that rhyming slang, and its close relative back slang, were used by Cockneys as secret languages to keep outsiders and figures of authority in the dark.’


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