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bung

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

1
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English bunge “bung, bunghole,” from Middle Dutch bong(h)e “stopper”

Other definitions for bung (2 of 3)

bung2
[ buhng ]
/ bʌŋ /

adjective Australian.
out of order; unusable; broken.
Slang. dead.

Origin of bung

2
First recorded in 1840–50; perhaps from Waga (an Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Kingaroy, southern Queensland) bongī “dead”

Other definitions for bung (3 of 3)

bung3
[ buhng ]
/ bʌŋ /

verb (used with object)
to beat; bruise; maul (often followed by up).
British Slang. to throw or shove carelessly or violently; sling.

Origin of bung

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First recorded in 1815–25; originally Scots variant of bang1
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British Dictionary definitions for bung (1 of 3)

bung1
/ (bʌŋ) /

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

Word Origin for bung

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

British Dictionary definitions for bung (2 of 3)

bung2
/ (bʌŋ) British slang /

noun
a gratuity; tip
a bribe
verb
bung it on (tr) to behave in a pretentious manner

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

British Dictionary definitions for bung (3 of 3)

bung3
/ (bʌŋ) /

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

Word Origin for bung

C19: from a native Australian language
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