from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden loud noise, as of an explosion.
  • n. A sudden loud blow or bump.
  • n. Informal A sudden burst of action: The campaign started off with a bang.
  • n. Slang A sense of excitement; a thrill: We got a bang out of watching the old movies.
  • transitive v. To strike heavily and often repeatedly; bump.
  • transitive v. To close suddenly and loudly; slam.
  • transitive v. To handle noisily or violently: banged the pots in the kitchen.
  • transitive v. Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
  • intransitive v. To make a sudden loud, explosive noise.
  • intransitive v. To crash noisily against or into something: My elbow banged against the door.
  • adv. Exactly; precisely: The arrow hit bang on the target.
  • adv. Suddenly; abruptly: cut the conversation bang off.
  • bang away To speak or ask questions in a rapid, aggressive manner: reporters banging away at the official during the press conference.
  • bang away To work diligently and often at length: banged away at the project until it was finished.
  • bang up To damage extensively: banged up the car.
  • idiom the Value returned for investment or effort.
  • n. A fringe of hair cut short and straight across the forehead. Often used in the plural.
  • transitive v. To cut (hair) in bangs.
  • n. Variant of bhang.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden percussive noise.
  • n. A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
  • n. An explosion.
  • n. A fringe of hair cut across the forehead.
  • n. The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
  • n. A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
  • n. An act of sexual intercourse.
  • n. An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  • n. An explosive product.
  • n. An abrupt left turn.
  • v. To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something.
  • v. To hit hard
  • v. To engage in sexual intercourse.
  • v. To hammer or to hit anything hard.
  • adv. Right, directly.
  • adv. Precisely.
  • adv. With a sudden impact.
  • interj. a verbal emulation of a sudden percussive sound
  • n. Brucellosis, a bacterial disease

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blow as with a club; a heavy blow.
  • n. The loud sound produced by a sudden concussion or explosion.
  • n. A surge of pleasure; a thrill; -- usually used in the phrase get a bang out of.
  • n. An exclamation point; -- used in verbal descriptions of text, in printing and in computer technology.
  • n. An instance of sexual intercourse; a fuck. Considered vulgar and obscene.
  • n. The short, front hair combed down over the forehead, esp. when cut squarely across; a false front of hair similarly worn; -- usually used in the plural.
  • n. See bhang.
  • intransitive v. To make a loud noise, as if with a blow or succession of blows.
  • intransitive v. To have sexual intercourse; to fuck. Considered vulgar and obscene.
  • transitive v. To beat, as with a club or cudgel; to treat with violence; to handle roughly.
  • transitive v. To beat or thump, or to cause (something) to hit or strike against another object, in such a way as to make a loud noise.
  • transitive v. To have sexual intercourse with; to fuck; -- usually used with the male as a subject. Considered vulgar or obscene.
  • transitive v. To cut squarely across, as the tail of a horse, or the forelock of human beings; to cut (the hair).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat, as with a club or cudgel; thump; cudgel.
  • To beat or handle roughly in any way; treat with violence; knock about; drub; defeat: often with about: as, to bang the furniture about.
  • To produce a loud noise from or by, as in slamming a door, and the like: as, he went out and banged the door behind him.
  • To beat in any quality or action; surpass; excel.
  • To strike violently or noisily; thump: usually with against.
  • To resound with clashing noises.
  • To spring or move with sudden energy or impetus; bounce: as, he banged up at once.
  • With a sudden or violent blow or clap; all of a sudden; abruptly: especially with come or go: as, bang went the guns.
  • To cut across: used of hair. To cut (the hair) so as to form a fringe over the forehead: a common fashion with girls and young women.
  • To dock (a horse's tail).
  • n. A heavy, resounding blow; a thump, as with a club.
  • n. A loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun or cannon, the slamming of a door, etc.
  • n. A sudden, impetuous movement; an energetic dash or bounce: as, he got up with a bang.
  • n. A stick; a club.
  • n. Synonyms See thump.
  • n. The front hair cut so as to hang evenly over the forehead: often in the plural: as, to wear bangs.
  • n. See bhang.
  • n. The Cuban sardine, Sardinella pseudohispanica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. close violently
  • v. strike violently
  • v. to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound
  • n. a vigorous blow
  • v. leap, jerk, bang
  • adv. directly
  • v. have sexual intercourse with
  • v. move noisily
  • n. the swift release of a store of affective force
  • n. a sudden very loud noise
  • n. a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
  • n. a conspicuous success


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from Old Norse bang, a hammering.
From bang1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably derived from, or at least cognate with, Old Norse and Icelandic banga ("to pound, hammer"), cognate with Danish banke ("to beat"), bengel and German Bengel ("club"), bungen ("pulsate") (rare) etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Shortened from Bang's disease.


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