- John Ken·drick [ken-drik] /ˈkɛn drɪk/, 1862–1922, U.S. humorist.
- a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
- a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head.
- Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started with a bang.
- energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work.
- Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: a big bang out of seeing movies.
- Slang: Vulgar. sexual intercourse.
- Printing and Computer Slang. an exclamation point.
- to strike or beat resoundingly; pound: to bang a door.
- to hit or bump painfully: to bang one's ankle on a chair leg.
- to throw or set down roughly; slam: He banged the plates on the table.
- Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
- to strike violently or noisily: to bang on the door.
- to make a loud, sudden, explosive noise like that of a violent blow: The guns banged all night.
- Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
- suddenly and loudly; abruptly or violently: She fell bang against the wall.
- directly; precisely; right: He stood bang in the middle of the flower bed.
- bang into, to collide with; bump into: The truck skidded on the ice and banged into a parked car.
- bang up, to damage: A passing car banged up our fender.
- bang off, Chiefly British Slang. immediately; right away.
- bang on, Chiefly British Slang. terrific; marvelous; just right: That hat is absolutely bang on.
Origin of bang1
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
- Often bangs. a fringe of hair combed or brushed forward over the forehead.
- to cut (the hair) so as to form a fringe over the forehead.
- to dock (the tail of a horse or dog).
Origin of bang2
- a mild preparation of marijuana made from young leaves and stems of the Indian hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, drunk with milk or water as a fermented brew or smoked for its hallucinogenic effects.
- a water pipe.
Origin of bhang
Examples from the Web for bangs
Nor has Dick ever been one of those heavy-handed patriarchs who bangs his fist on the table and demands that everyone get along.The Cheneys’ Gay Marriage War
November 18, 2013
The highlights, however, are less of a dramatic style shift than the bangs M.O. debuted in January.Michelle Obama Gets Highlights; Calvin Klein’s Ex-Boyfriend Allegedly Writing a Tell-All
The Fashion Beast Team
August 28, 2013
Soon, Twitter erupted with news that the First Lady had given up her bangs.You Decide: Did Michelle Obama Get Rid Of Her Bangs?
May 17, 2013
“Bangs can add a youthful, modern edge to a style,” he says.Midlife Crisis? Get Bangs!
February 20, 2013
Bangs, Roberts says, also offer women a sleek, polished, and sophisticated look that complements any age, body shape or outfit.Mobama’s Bangs Appear at the Grammys
February 13, 2013
It clangs and bangs and whangs at 'em till the day of rest is a torment.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
"Bangs is my name, ma'am," said the big man with the lantern.
Just before twelve Captain Bangs did ask a question, his first one.
Mrs. Bangs had a sermon to deliver, and its text was not "cod cheeks."
Mr. Bangs and his chum, the town clerk, had emerged from the doorway.
- a short loud explosive noise, as of the bursting of a balloon or the report of a gun
- a hard blow or knock, esp a noisy one; thumphe gave the ball a bang
- informal a startling or sudden effecthe realized with a bang that he was late
- slang an injection of heroin or other narcotic
- taboo, slang an act of sexual intercourse
- get a bang out of US and Canadian slang to experience a thrill or excitement from
- with a bang successfullythe party went with a bang
- to hit or knock, esp with a loud noise; bumpto bang one's head
- to move noisily or clumsilyto bang about the house
- to close (a door, window, etc) or (of a door, etc) be closed noisily; slam
- (tr) to cause to move by hitting vigorouslyhe banged the ball over the fence
- to make or cause to make a loud noise, as of an explosion
- (tr) British
- to cause (stock prices) to fall by rapid selling
- to sell rapidly in (a stock market), thus causing prices to fall
- taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with
- (intr) slang to inject heroin, etc
- bang for one's buck informal value for moneythis option offers more bang for your buck
- bang goes informal that is the end ofbang goes my job in Wapping
- bang one's head against a brick wall to try to achieve something impossible
- with a sudden impact or effectbang went his hopes of winning; the car drove bang into a lamp-post
- preciselybang in the middle of the road
- bang to rights slang caught red-handed
- go bang to burst, shut, etc, with a loud noiseSee also bang up
- a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead
- to cut (the hair) in such a style
- to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)
- a variant spelling of bhang
- a preparation of the leaves and flower tops of Indian hemp, which has psychoactive properties: much used in IndiaSee also cannabis
Word Origin and History for bangs
"hair cut straight across the forehead," 1878 (singular), American English, attested from 1870 of horses (bang-tail), perhaps from notion of abruptness (cf. bang off "immediately, without delay," though this expression is attested only from 1886). See bang.
1590s, from Hindi bhang "narcotic from hemp," from Sanskrit bhangah "hemp." Cognate with Russian penika, Polish pienka (from Russian) "hemp." The word first appears in Western Europe in Portuguese (1560s).
1540s, "to strike hard with a loud blow," from a Scandinavian sourse akin to Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin. Slang meaning "have sexual intercourse with" first recorded 1937. Bang-up "excellent, first-rate," 1820, probably shortened from phrase bang up to the mark. The noun is recorded from late 16c.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper
[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]
- Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.