- a stopper for the opening of a cask.
- a bunghole.
- to close with or as if with a bung; cork; plug (often followed by up).
Origin of bung1
- to beat; bruise; maul (often followed by up).
- British Slang. to throw or shove carelessly or violently; sling.
Origin of bung3
- a stopper, esp of cork or rubber, for a cask, piece of laboratory glassware, etc
- short for bunghole
- (often foll by up) to close or seal with or as with a bungthe car's exhaust was bunged up with mud
- British and Australian slang to throw; sling
- a gratuity; tip
- a bribe
- bung it on (tr) to behave in a pretentious manner
- go bung
- to fail or collapse
- to die
Word Origin and History for bung up
mid-15c., "large stopper for a cask," from Middle Dutch bonge "stopper;" or perhaps from French bonde "bung, bunghole" (15c.), which may be of Germanic origin (or the Germanic words may be borrowed from Romanic), or it may be from Gaulish *bunda (cf. Old Irish bonn, Gaelic bonn, Welsh bon "base, sole of the foot"). It is possible that either or both of these sources is ultimately from Latin puncta in the sense of "hole." Transferred to the cask-mouth itself (also bung-hole) from 1570s.