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[bam] /bæm/
a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force.
verb (used without object), bammed, bamming.
to make or emit a bam.
Origin of bam


Bachelor of Applied Mathematics.
Bachelor of Arts in Music. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is now nine o'clock and in an hour the people of bam will be asleep.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Pairing, or bam tush, as the Indians call it, is a simple stitch.

  • They'll drive old Bess all over the country before they drive her to the bam.

    Plays Susan Glaspell
  • As a diplomatist he could scarcely show more indifference to the Alabama claim, if the claim itself were All a bam.

  • I can bam as well as any man when bam is the word, but when fact is the play, I am right up and down, and true as a trivet.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Word Origin and History for bam

interjection, imitative of the sound of a hard hit, first recorded 1922 (from 1917 as the sound of an artillery shell bursting). Middle English had a verb bammen "to hit or strike" (late 14c.). A literary work from c.1450 represents the sound of repeated impact by Lus, bus! las, das!, and Middle English had lushe "a stroke, blow" (c.1400); lushen "to strike, knock, beat" (c.1300).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bam

bam 1


(also bamm, bammo) An exclamation imitating a hard blow: I got tested and bammo! The bad news


The sound of a hard blow: It struck the desk with a resounding bam


To strike or hit: Heads may be biffed or bammed (1918+)

Related Terms

wham-bam thank you ma'am

bam 2


A mixture of a depressant with a stimulant drug, esp of a barbiturate with an amphetamine

[1970s+; fr barbiturate + amphetamine]

bam 3


A woman marine

[WWII; fr broad-assed marine]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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