Buy Used
Used - Like New See details
Price: 2.20

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Oxford Dictionary of Slang (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

John Ayto
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback 9.01  
Paperback, 24 July 1999 --  

Book Description

24 July 1999 019280104X 978-0192801043 New edition
Containing over 10,000 words and phrases, this is a reference for those interested in the more quirky and unofficial words used in the English language. It includes surprisingly old words such as booze and guzzle to the most up-to-date words like humongous and lunchbox. Thematically arranged by chapter for easy browsing, words are arranged chronologically to show how the language has changed. The book contains word origins, illustrative examples from literature, and an easy-to-use A-Z index.

Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (24 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019280104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192801043
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,715,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


hours of happy browsing for language lovers (The Observer) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Ayto is a professional lexicographer and author. His previous publications include The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, The Oxford Diner's Dictionary, and A Gourmet's Guide: Food & Drink from A-Z. He lives in London.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
3.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Oxford Dictionary of Slang's a corker ..... 30 Nov 2004
It's a corker (an excellent person or thing; something that closes a discussion, from the notion of putting a cork in it), a cracker, a whizz, a snozzler (if you're a New Zealander), even a piss-cutter (North American, naturally) or any one of numerous alternatives, all dated, located and explained.
It's also a must for anyone interested in the development of language. It covers everything, from The Body and its Parts (many, many words, some guaranteed to leave you gobsmacked (1985, British)) to Abstract Qualities and States. And it's well arranged by subject in the form of a thesaurus, with a convenient dictionary at the back.
But a word of warning: start to browse, and you'll find it unputdownable.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit confusing 9 Sep 2010
By scgc
Useful, but not very easy to find your way around - simple alphabetical like most dictionaries would have been better.
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not very useful 6 May 2000
By A Customer
I was hoping to find a dictionary that explains in simple language what the slang means. This one definitely doesn't. It mainly gives the origin of the word and an old example from sixties or something. Also there are no definitions. Not very useful really, because it doesn't help to understand what the slang means.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Dictionary of Slang 9 Feb 2009
By KPRP - Published on
This title had practically everything I expected in a dictionary of modern (and not-so-modern) slang terms.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
By Melanie - Published on
Nice book
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 Nov 2012
By Caritas22 - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Was very pleased with item and delivery was prompt. Well packaged. Can't think of anything else to say about the produce as it satisfied my needs.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category