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

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

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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