500 Years of English Slang in an Online Dictionary

dictionary-of-slangFind a word or phrase in an old document that you do not understand? If it is slang, you probably can find the meaning in the free, online Green’s Dictionary of Slang. For instance, did you know that a mickser is an Irishman who has emigrated to the UK?

Green’s Dictionary of Slang contains nearly 100,000 words supported by over 400,000 citations that go all the way back to the middle ages.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang is the largest historical dictionary of English slang available anywhere, either online or in print.

Written by Jonathon Green over 17 years from 1993, it reached the printed page in 2010 in a three-volume set containing nearly 100,000 entries supported by over 400,000 citations from circa AD 1000 to the present day. The main focus of the dictionary is the coverage of over 500 years of slang from circa 1500 onwards.

The dictionary is now available in updated online form for the first time, complete with advanced search tools enabling search by definition and history, and an expanded bibliography of slang sources from the early modern period to the present day. Since the print edition, nearly 60,000 quotations have been added, supporting 5,000 new senses in 2,500 new entries and sub-entries, of which around half are new slang terms from the last five years.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang is available at https://greensdictofslang.com.


It’s NOT free! Asks for payment info. Only good thing is that there is a chance to unselect the automatic renewal feature.


    —> It’s NOT free! Asks for payment info.

    Green’s Dictionary of Slang is available in both FREE and paid versions. You can use the dictionary hundreds of times without paying a cent.

    HOWEVER, there is a paid OPTION. Payment is never required. If you pay for it you can obtain a bit more info, as documented at https://greensdictofslang.com/signup/subscribe :

    “By subscribing to Green’s Dictionary of Slang Online, you gain access to advanced search tools (including the ability to search for words by meaning, history, and usage), full historical citations in each entry, and a bibliography of over 9,000 slang sources.

    “Green’s Dictionary of Slang Online is independently published and all subscription money goes to help keep it online and to support the improvement of the dictionary and the website.”

    Again, payment is OPTIONAL. You can use the free version forever.


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