- (Of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.More example sentences
- I had four or five Chinese dialects at my disposal, phrases in colloquial English, and of course, Malay.
- The language is often colloquial and vigorous.
- 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.
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- Countries in permanent crisis, with the population at subsistence level, more or less chaotic, but without total civil strife, are known colloquially as ‘basket cases’.
- To find your real e-mail, you must wade through the torrent of fraud and obscenity known politely as " unsolicited bulk e-mail " and colloquially as spam.
- Unchecked, it leads to changes in posture, particularly in the form of a hunched back known colloquially as dowager's hump, and decreased mobility.
mid 18th century: from Latin colloquium 'conversation' + -al.