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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, bam·ming.

to make or emit a bam.


smack, drub, clobber, pummel, whack, pound, bushwhack, slam, tan, zap, belt, hide, pelt, sock, swat, slog, lambaste, thump, strike, wham

Nearby words

baluster measure, baluster stem, balustrade, balzac, balzac, honoré de, bam, bama, bamako, bambara, bamberg, bamberger's sign

Origin of bam

imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bamming

  • "Now you're bamming me, Doctor," replied the other, good-humouredly.

    Katerfelto|G. J. Whyte-Melville

Word Origin and History for bamming


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