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    #1

    pretty def and all

    I came across a new word today: def.

    def (informal): excellent. A truly def tattoo.
    ‘I had to admit that ‘Fight for Your Right ‘was pretty def and all, but c'mon, this wasn't serious music.’ (Oxford Dictionaries)
    def: (slang): very good. They're one of the most def bands around. (Cambridge Dictionary)
    def: excellent: That hip-hop record is def! (Random House Dictionary)


    Have you, as a native English speaker,heard of someone saying "def" and understood it in the right context?
    Or are you helped by the definitions from dictionaries to understand the word "def"?

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    #2

    Re: pretty def and all

    I've only seen (and used) 'def' as an abbreviation for 'definitely' in text messages.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Sep-2020 at 15:54.

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    #3

    Re: pretty def and all

    Your post is the first I've seen of it. Slang words come and go. They rarely last long enough for a learner to bother with.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: pretty def and all

    I don't know if it is still used or not, but this word was associated with African American rap/hip hop music. I would not use it, as I am not part of that culture.

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    Re: pretty def and all


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    #6

    Re: pretty def and all

    Its slang, and you'll probably never use it.
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    #7

    Re: pretty def and all

    As SoothingDave points out, the word def was used specifically in the US hip hop scene of the 80s and 90s. It's not so frequently used any more (apart from by old school rappers and ageing rap fans, of course). I always thought it was derived from definitive.

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    #8

    Re: pretty def and all

    Ah, so that's where the title of the Def Comedy Jam series came from. I don't remember ever hearing it outside of the show's name.
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    #9

    Re: pretty def and all

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Ah, so that's where the title of the Def Comedy Jam series came from. I don't remember ever hearing it outside of the show's name.
    Not a lot of hip hop fans in the Using English house tonight, I gather.

    Def Jam Records is a legendary New York record label.

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    #10

    Re: pretty def and all

    There was also, of course, the band Def Leppard, back in the day. I agree with Soothing Dave that def has come and gone.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Oct-2020 at 07:57. Reason: fixing typo

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