Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fringe of hair cut short and straight across the forehead.
  • transitive verb To cut (hair) to form bangs.
  • noun A sudden loud noise, as of an explosion.
  • noun A sudden loud blow or bump.
  • noun Informal A sudden burst of action.
  • noun Slang A sense of excitement; a thrill.
  • intransitive verb To strike heavily and often repeatedly; bump.
  • intransitive verb To close suddenly and loudly; slam.
  • intransitive verb To handle noisily or violently.
  • intransitive verb Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
  • intransitive verb To make a sudden loud, explosive noise.
  • intransitive verb To crash noisily against or into something.
  • adverb Exactly; precisely.
  • adverb Suddenly; abruptly.
  • interjection Used to indicate the sound of an explosion or collision.
  • idiom (bang for the/one's) Value returned for investment or effort.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun See bhang.
  • noun The front hair cut so as to hang evenly over the forehead: often in the plural: as, to wear bangs.
  • noun The Cuban sardine, Sardinella pseudohispanica.
  • noun A heavy, resounding blow; a thump, as with a club.
  • noun A loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun or cannon, the slamming of a door, etc.
  • noun A sudden, impetuous movement; an energetic dash or bounce: as, he got up with a bang.
  • noun A stick; a club.
  • noun Synonyms See thump.
  • 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).
  • With a sudden or violent blow or clap; all of a sudden; abruptly: especially with come or go: as, bang went the guns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • intransitive verb To make a loud noise, as if with a blow or succession of blows.
  • intransitive verb vulgar slang To have sexual intercourse; to fuck. Considered vulgar and obscene.
  • transitive verb To beat, as with a club or cudgel; to treat with violence; to handle roughly.
  • transitive verb 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 verb vulgar slang To have sexual intercourse with; to fuck; -- usually used with the male as a subject. Considered vulgar or obscene.
  • noun See bhang.
  • noun A blow as with a club; a heavy blow.
  • noun The loud sound produced by a sudden concussion or explosion.
  • noun informal A surge of pleasure; a thrill; -- usually used in the phrase get a bang out of.
  • noun (Printing & Computers), slang An exclamation point; -- used in verbal descriptions of text, in printing and in computer technology.
  • noun vulgar slang An instance of sexual intercourse; a fuck. Considered vulgar and obscene.

Etymologies

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

[From bang, abruptly, as in the phrase cut bang off, to cut off abruptly.]

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

[Probably from Old Norse bang, a hammering.]

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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