[ buhng-er ]
/ ˈbʌŋ ər /

noun Australian.

a firecracker.

Origin of bunger

perhaps bung3 + -er1

Definition for bunger (2 of 2)

[ buhng ]
/ bʌŋ /

adjective Australian.

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

Origin of bung

1840–50; perhaps < Waga (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Kingaroy, S Queensland) bongī dead
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Examples from the Web for bunger

  • He was a remarkably powerful man, and was known by the name of Old Bunger.

    Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
  • "No, he's not such a bunger," and dashed off towards the paddock.

    The Green Carnation|Robert Smythe Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for bunger (1 of 4)

/ (ˈbʌŋə) /


Australian slang a firework

British Dictionary definitions for bunger (2 of 4)

/ (bʌŋ) /


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 bunger (3 of 4)

/ (bʌŋ) British slang /


a gratuity; tip
a bribe


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 bunger (4 of 4)

/ (bʌŋ) /

adjective Australian and NZ informal

go bung
  1. to fail or collapse
  2. to die

Word Origin for bung

C19: from a native Australian language
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