Nearby words

  1. banerjea,
  2. banerjea, sir surendranath,
  3. banff,
  4. banff national park,
  5. banffshire,
  6. bang away,
  7. bang for the buck,
  8. bang into,
  9. bang on,
  10. bang one's head against


    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 bang

1540–50; 1930–35 for def 5; compare Old Norse banga to beat, hammer, Low German bangen to strike, beat, German dialect banken; perhaps orig. imitative


[ bang ]
/ bæŋ /


Often bangs. a fringe of hair combed or brushed forward over the forehead.

verb (used with object)

to cut (the hair) so as to form a fringe over the forehead.
to dock (the tail of a horse or dog).

Origin of bang

1860–65, Americanism; short for bangtail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for banging


/ (bæŋ) /




Word Origin for bang

C16: from Old Norse bang, banga hammer; related to Low German bangen to beat; all of imitative origin


/ (bæŋ) /


a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead

verb (tr)

to cut (the hair) in such a style
to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)

Word Origin for bang

C19: probably short for bangtail short tail


/ (bæŋ) /


a variant spelling of bhang
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Word Origin and History for banging



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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for banging


[ băng, bäng ]
Bernhard Lauritz Frederik 1848-1932

Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.

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Idioms and Phrases with banging


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

also see:

  • beat (bang) one's head against the wall
  • get a bang out of
  • go over big (with a bang)
  • more bang for the buck
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