\ ˈbam How to pronounce bam (audio) \

Definition of bam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden loud noise often used interjectionally to indicate a sudden impact or occurrence was fine, then bam, he lost his job

Definition of BAM (Entry 2 of 2)

1 bachelor of applied mathematics
2 bachelor of arts in music

Examples of bam in a Sentence

Noun We heard a loud bam.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno and company made their wham-bam-glam debut on ‘Roxy Music’ 50 years ago. Jill Krajewski, SPIN, 8 June 2022 Then — bam — pour the whole thing out in a bowl for lunch. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Fifth inning, two pitches, bam, a single to center and all the Angels outfielders had gotten involved. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 Gone was the guy in a gray unitard who went bam, pow, zap! David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2022 Pour those eggs into a crust and, bam, instant upgrade. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 That last bathroom stop, finding your phone, locking up the doors, searching for the address, swapping your purse, and bam... Ellevate, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Crimson Tide head man Nick Saban is still Nick Satan to fans who remember his wham-bam coaching stint with the Miami Dolphins. Ben Crandell,, 4 Sep. 2021 The supernatural drama relies on special effects and whiz-bam audio stylings for narrative sustenance., 26 Apr. 2021 See More

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Bam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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