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bung

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[buhng]
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noun
  1. a stopper for the opening of a cask.
  2. a bunghole.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to close with or as if with a bung; cork; plug (often followed by up).
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Origin of bung

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1400–50; late Middle English bunge < Middle Dutch bonge stopper

bung

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[buhng]
verb (used with object)
  1. to beat; bruise; maul (often followed by up).
  2. British Slang. to throw or shove carelessly or violently; sling.
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Origin of bung

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1815–25; orig. Scots variant of bang1
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British Dictionary definitions for bung up

bung

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noun
  1. a stopper, esp of cork or rubber, for a cask, piece of laboratory glassware, etc
  2. short for bunghole
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verb (tr)
  1. (often foll by up) to close or seal with or as with a bungthe car's exhaust was bunged up with mud
  2. British and Australian slang to throw; sling
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Word Origin for bung

C15: from Middle Dutch bonghe, from Late Latin puncta puncture

bung

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noun
  1. a gratuity; tip
  2. a bribe
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verb
  1. bung it on (tr) to behave in a pretentious manner
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Word Origin for bung

C16 (originally in the sense: a purse): perhaps from Old English pung, changed over time through the influence of bung 1

bung

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adjective Australian and NZ informal
  1. useless
  2. go bung
    1. to fail or collapse
    2. to die
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Word Origin for bung

C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for bung up

bung

n.

mid-15c., "large stopper for a cask," from Middle Dutch bonge "stopper;" or perhaps from French bonde "bung, bunghole" (15c.), which may be of Germanic origin (or the Germanic words may be borrowed from Romanic), or it may be from Gaulish *bunda (cf. Old Irish bonn, Gaelic bonn, Welsh bon "base, sole of the foot"). It is possible that either or both of these sources is ultimately from Latin puncta in the sense of "hole." Transferred to the cask-mouth itself (also bung-hole) from 1570s.

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