a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force.

verb (used without object), bammed, bam·ming.

to make or emit a bam.

Origin of bam



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Examples from the Web for bam

Contemporary Examples of bam

Historical Examples of bam

  • 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.


    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).

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