- 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 bangingrattle, clang, thump, knock, smash, bump, collide, slam, rap, whack, bash, sound, detonate, crash, burst, thunder, echo, explode, peal, boom
Examples from the Web for banging
Historical Examples of banging
Banging and ripping and tearing, the outer door was slowly forced.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
Banging it down on Muriels lap, she sprawled helplessly between Muriel and Veronica.Marjorie Dean College Freshman
Banging puffing, and grinding noises sounded all about the Stuffed Elephant.The Story of a Stuffed Elephant
Laura Lee Hope
Banging the desk angrily with his fist, he shouted: "I want something done!"The Third Degree
Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
Banging the door in the lad's face, he dashed along the passage and opened the kitchen door.Mrs. Bindle
- 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