colloquial colloquial  /kə ˈloʊ kwi əl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

Usage(s):

  1. John's colloquial style of writing has won him many admirers.
  2. When 'couple' is used in the sense of a 'few', especially in the first-person, it is probably a good usage colloquially.
  3. Albert was more cheery and more colloquial, but his style was at times witless.

News

  1. The Moving Finger Writes: Red Smith On Reggie Jackson's Historic Homers

    Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so well? "It's the same reason Shakespeare ages well," Dave Anderson, the Pulitzer ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Deadspin

  2. Many familiar sayings in the biblical book of Proverbs

    You know more of the Bible than you think you do, I often remark to my students. Phrases such as "As a dog returns to its own vomit" or "spare the rod and spoil the child" are well-known in English as colloquial proverbs.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Redlands Daily Facts

  3. A Little Greedy, And Exactly Right: Red Smith On Secretariat

    Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so well? "It's the same reason Shakespeare ages well," Dave Anderson, the Pulitzer ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Deadspin

Quotes

  1. "The community believes that police should have the capacity - to use colloquial language - to move people on who are a potential nuisance," Prime Minister John Howard said.
    on Dec 15, 2005 By: John Howard Source: FOXNews

  2. "She (Ms Gillard) omitted to include that later in that interview I made a correction to my colloquial reference to 12 months to 11-and-a half months, 11-and-a-half months being the exact date the Rudd government was elected, and being the time at...
    on Nov 9, 2008 By: Sophie Mirabella Source: The Age

  3. "People in general are very creative and come up with lots of wonderful new words that may or may not catch on, and our goal is to capture the vivid, colloquial words and phrases associated with a specific subculture -- UCLA students," Munro...
    on Jul 29, 2009 By: Pamela Munro Source: Los Angeles Times

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