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


2 of 2


bachelor of applied mathematics
bachelor of arts in music

Examples of bam in a Sentence

Noun We heard a loud bam.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History




First Known Use


1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bam was in 1772

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Cite this Entry

“Bam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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