One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.
informal, conversational, everyday, casual, non-literaryView synonyms
- ‘However, until the 1920s, few local recipe books used the colloquial name, and then sometimes only as a subtitle.’
- ‘If I need to respond, I do so in colloquial English using my thickest Northern accent.’
- ‘Your purchase is rational in the normal, colloquial sense of the word but not necessarily in the social science meaning.’
- ‘Either it was done in a great hurry, or the translator has only a passing acquaintance with colloquial English.’
- ‘I had four or five Chinese dialects at my disposal, phrases in colloquial English, and of course, Malay.’
- ‘Often they alone preserved the colloquial speech, the real language of everyday use.’
- ‘Her ear for colloquial phrases and conversational interplay is equally impressive.’
- ‘Shepard has a gift for combining lyrical description with a colloquial voice.’
- ‘Second, the Arabic tutor will most likely be teaching you a colloquial form of Arabic rather than modern standard Arabic.’
- ‘The language is often colloquial and vigorous.’
- ‘Ira had a great ear for colloquial language, especially the language of sports.’
- ‘In all these collections, Neruda turns to a simple style and colloquial language to talk about objects of everyday life.’
- ‘In some places the use of more colloquial language seems to work and not detract from the original gospels, but in other places it came across to me as contrived.’
- ‘It is to this group of ancient hominids that the term ‘ape man’ is most commonly applied today, but the term is informal or colloquial.’
- ‘This is the origin of the colloquial use of ‘coconut’ to refer to one's head.’
- ‘The production cries out for a better translation than the uncredited one that veers between stilted and colloquial.’
- ‘He uses refined colloquial language with a rhythm that is light and quick, an unhesitating flow that propels the poem and carries the reader.’
- ‘A boom is a colloquial term for an economy that is expanding above the GDP's average annual growth.’
- ‘She taught colloquial English at Tsuruga College in Japan at the age of 16 as part of an exchange program.’
- ‘His highly colloquial use of the language had seemed cute at first.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin colloquium ‘conversation’ + -al.
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