- 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 bangSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
- Often bangs. a fringe of hair combed or brushed forward over the forehead.
- to cut (the hair) so as to form a fringe over the forehead.
- to dock (the tail of a horse or dog).
Origin of bang2
Related Words for bangedrattle, clang, thump, knock, smash, bump, collide, slam, rap, whack, bash, sound, detonate, crash, burst, thunder, echo, explode, peal, boom
Examples from the Web for banged
Contemporary Examples of banged
My muddy shoe slipped, and I banged my kneecap on a fence rail, clinging for dear life.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
Students at universities boycotted classes and banged plates and cups in cafeterias.Gezi Park Teen’s Death Rocks Turkey
March 13, 2014
He got banged up, but was only seriously injured long after he had missed his chance.The LeBron James Who Wasn’t: The Story of Lenny Cooke
December 5, 2013
Meaning, we can now say with some certainty that Doris Kearns Goodwin banged Abraham Lincoln.Five Best Jokes About the Petraeus Scandal (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
November 14, 2012
They waved and banged away, some for as long as four hours while they waited for Romney to arrive.Mitt Romney Gives Stump Speech to Long-Suffering Crowd on Last-Minute Pennsylvania Stop
November 5, 2012
Historical Examples of banged
I was mad, and I just banged off before anybody could say anything.
I know that,' replied the coachman gruffly, as he banged the door.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
And so they sang, and banged their mugs and sloshed their frothy beverage.City of Endless Night
Riley leaped forward and banged his big fist down on the table.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
But the others made a grimace, as they banged down their irons.L'Assommoir
- 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