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  1. a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force.
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verb (used without object), bammed, bam·ming.
  1. to make or emit a bam.
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Origin of bam

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Related Words for bamming

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

Examples from the Web for bamming

Historical Examples of bamming

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


    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).

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