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informal (conversational)

Definition:

characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more informal

Superlative:

most informal

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

colloquial | conversational | coll. [abbreviation] | colloq. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"lacking form; not in accordance with the rules of formal logic", from "in-" (1) ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Conversation

a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people who are following rules of etiquette. It's polite give and take of subjects thought of by people talking with each other for company. Conversation analysis is a branch of ... (40 of 1990 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Conversation

Collins Dictionary:

conversational | conversable [synonym, sense-specific] | conversationally [adverb, derived]

of, using, or in the manner of conversation | inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable (15 of 477 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/conversational

Macmillan British Dictionary:

conversational | conversationally [adverb, related]

a conversational style of writing or speaking is informal, like a private conversation | relating to conversations (16 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/conversational

Oxford Dictionary:

conversational | conversationally [derived]

as used in conversation; not formal | consisting of or relating to conversation (12 of 45 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conversational

American Heritage Dictionary:

conversation | conversational [adjective, related] | conversationally [adverb, related]

The spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk. | An instance of this | An informal discussion of a matter by representatives of ... (22 of 39 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conversation

Wiktionary:

conversational

of, relating to, or in the style of a conversation; informal and chatty | [computing] involving a two-way exchange of messages, such as between a client and a server (28 of 29 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conversational

Random House Dictionary:

conversational

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of conversation. | able or ready to converse; given to conversation. (15 of 27 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/conversational

New World Dictionary:

conversational | conversationally [adverb, related]

of, like, or for conversation | fond of or given to conversation; liking to converse | [computers] "interactive" (specific sense) (18 of 22 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conversational

Cambridge Dictionary:

conversational

relating to or like a conversation (6 of 20 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conversational

Merriam-Webster:

colloquial | conversational [synonym, sense-specific] | informal [synonym, sense-specific] | nonformal [synonym, sense-specific] | nonliterary [synonym, sense-specific] | unbookish [synonym, sense-specific] | unliterary [synonym, sense-specific] | vernacular [synonym, sense-specific] | vulgar [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of or relating to conversation; "conversational" | used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation ; also, unacceptably informal ; ... (20 of 267 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/colloquial

Encarta Dictionary:

conversational | conversationally [adverb, derived]

relating to informal talking, especially to the ability to say interesting things | informal in language and style, and usually dealing with or ... (22 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600074​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

informal

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: "lacking form; not in accordance with the rules of formal logic", from "in-" (1) "not, opposite of" + "formal". Meaning "irregular, unofficial" is ... (25 of 35 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=informal

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

informal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "informal"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/informal

Macmillan British Dictionary:

informal

Audio: British English pronunciation of "informal"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/informal

Macmillan American Dictionary:

informal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "informal"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/informal

Cambridge Dictionary:

informal

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "informal"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "informal"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/informal

the Free Dictionary:

informal

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "informal"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "informal"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "informal" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/informal

Google Dictionary:

informal

Audio: English pronunciation of "informal"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=informal

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

informal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "informal"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=inform​02 word=informal

YourDictionary Audio:

informal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "informal" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/informal

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