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[bang-er] /ˈbæŋ ər/
a person or thing that bangs.
  1. Informal. a sausage.
  2. a firecracker.
Origin of banger
First recorded in 1650-60; bang1 + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Lady Corinthia Fanshawe and Mrs. banger wish to see you, sir.

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  • Mrs. banger's grandmother commanded a canteen at that celebrated battle.

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  • Theres no use in my tackling Mrs. banger: she would only sit on my head too.

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  • General Mitchener: your designs on Mrs. banger are defeated.

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  • In the mean time, Hopeful hammers away lustily, merrily whistling, and singing the praises of the 'banger.'

  • Captain banger had risen—being, in fact, pulled up by a friend on either side, and poked up by a friend behind.

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  • Do not for a moment suppose, General Mitchener, that Mrs. banger represents my views on the suffrage question.

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  • Mrs. banger is a masculine woman of forty, with a powerful voice and great physical strength.

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  • He has softened Mrs. banger by a proposal of marriage in which he appears to be perfectly in earnest.

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British Dictionary definitions for banger


noun (Brit)
(slang) a sausage
  1. an old decrepit car
  2. (as modifier): banger racing
a type of firework that explodes loudly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for banger

British English slang for "a sausage," 1919, perhaps from sense of "a bludgeon," though this is recorded only in U.S. slang.

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



  1. A cylinder in an automobile engine: a souped-up four-banger (1950s+ Hot rodders)
  2. A car, esp an old and decrepit vehicle; heap, jalopy: this wonderful banger (1960s+)
  3. The front bumper of a vehicle
  4. gangbanger: Lots of bangers living here (1980s+ Los Angeles gangs)

Related Terms

bible-banger, bit banger, four-banger, wallbanger

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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