- a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
- a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head.
- Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started with a bang.
- energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work.
- Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: a big bang out of seeing movies.
- Slang: Vulgar. sexual intercourse.
- Printing and Computer Slang. an exclamation point.
- to strike or beat resoundingly; pound: to bang a door.
- to hit or bump painfully: to bang one's ankle on a chair leg.
- to throw or set down roughly; slam: He banged the plates on the table.
- Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
- to strike violently or noisily: to bang on the door.
- to make a loud, sudden, explosive noise like that of a violent blow: The guns banged all night.
- Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
- suddenly and loudly; abruptly or violently: She fell bang against the wall.
- directly; precisely; right: He stood bang in the middle of the flower bed.
- bang into, to collide with; bump into: The truck skidded on the ice and banged into a parked car.
- bang up, to damage: A passing car banged up our fender.
- bang off, Chiefly British Slang. immediately; right away.
- bang on, Chiefly British Slang. terrific; marvelous; just right: That hat is absolutely bang on.
Origin of bang1
Synonyms for bang
- with absolute accuracy
- excellent or excellently
- a short loud explosive noise, as of the bursting of a balloon or the report of a gun
- a hard blow or knock, esp a noisy one; thumphe gave the ball a bang
- informal a startling or sudden effecthe realized with a bang that he was late
- slang an injection of heroin or other narcotic
- taboo, slang an act of sexual intercourse
- get a bang out of US and Canadian slang to experience a thrill or excitement from
- with a bang successfullythe party went with a bang
- to hit or knock, esp with a loud noise; bumpto bang one's head
- to move noisily or clumsilyto bang about the house
- to close (a door, window, etc) or (of a door, etc) be closed noisily; slam
- (tr) to cause to move by hitting vigorouslyhe banged the ball over the fence
- to make or cause to make a loud noise, as of an explosion
- (tr) British
- to cause (stock prices) to fall by rapid selling
- to sell rapidly in (a stock market), thus causing prices to fall
- taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with
- (intr) slang to inject heroin, etc
- bang for one's buck informal value for moneythis option offers more bang for your buck
- bang goes informal that is the end ofbang goes my job in Wapping
- bang one's head against a brick wall to try to achieve something impossible
- with a sudden impact or effectbang went his hopes of winning; the car drove bang into a lamp-post
- preciselybang in the middle of the road
- bang to rights slang caught red-handed
- go bang to burst, shut, etc, with a loud noiseSee also bang up
Word Origin for bang
- a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead
- to cut (the hair) in such a style
- to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)
Word Origin for bang
- a variant spelling of bhang
1540s, "to strike hard with a loud blow," from a Scandinavian sourse akin to Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin. Slang meaning "have sexual intercourse with" first recorded 1937. Bang-up "excellent, first-rate," 1820, probably shortened from phrase bang up to the mark. The noun is recorded from late 16c.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper
[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]
- Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bang
- bang away
- bang for the buck
- bang into
- bang one's head against
- bang out
- bang up
- beat (bang) one's head against the wall
- get a bang out of
- go over big (with a bang)
- more bang for the buck