Green’s Dictionary of Slang

real adj.

[1940s+] used by a succession of teen generations as an all-embracing term of approbation.

In phrases

for real

see separate entries.

get real (v.)

[1960s+] (orig. US) to face facts, to abandon one’s unreal fantasies.

keep it real (v.) (also keep one’s shit real)

[1990s+] to maintain one’s honesty, to stick to one’s roots.

keep-it-real (adj.) [prev.]

[1990s+] honest, dedicated to one’s roots.

In exclamations

get real! (also be real!)

[1970s+] (US campus) an admonition to be serious, act maturely.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

real... (n.)

see also under relevant n.

real A.V. (n.) [ante-Volstead Act]

[1920s–30s] (US) pre-Prohibition liquor, thus ‘pure’ liquor.

real deal

see separate entries.

real McCoy, the (n.)

see separate entry.

real Maginnis (n.) [Maginnis whisky]

[late 19C] (Aus.) the genuine article, the ‘real thing’.

real man (n.) [1960s+]

1. (US prison) a prisoner well respected by his peers.

2. (US campus) a macho male.

real pietro (n.) [? play on stone adv.]

[1900s] (US) an absolute certainty.

real thing

see separate entries.

real-time (adj.) [SE real time, the actual time during which a process or event occurs; i.e. nothing has been faked or otherwise altered]

[1990s+] (US black) honest, candid.

real woman (n.)

[1970s+] (US black) a heterosexual woman.