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bung1

[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 bung1

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

bung3

[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 bung3

1815–25; orig. Scots variant of bang1
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Examples from the Web for bunged

Historical Examples

  • And I took and tore up the certificate and bunged the pieces on the floor.

    Island Nights' Entertainments

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • He recked nothing of his bunged optic and the claret that flowed from his beezer.

    The Story of Louie

    Oliver Onions

  • Robert has seen me when I've been as ugly as sin, when my eyes have been bunged up with crying.

  • When he went into the house, mother's other eye had bunged for sympathy.

    On the Track

    Henry Lawson

  • Because I can't get any coal to-morrow—line's bunged up for the troops.

    The Amateur Army

    Patrick MacGill


British Dictionary definitions for bunged

bung1

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

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

bung2

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

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

bung3

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

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

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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