\ 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


We heard a loud bam.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Time to get back to w....bam, transfer request handed in., "Marko Arnautovic: A Toxic Talent Who Deserves the Footballing Oblivion Awaiting Him in China," 11 July 2019 The resulting Instagram pic confirms the wham bam fabulosity. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Of Course Star Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard Is Friends With Lisa Vanderpump," 30 Dec. 2018 There's a reason behind your rosiness after a night of pinot noir: The alcohol and sulfites used to preserve wine make small blood vessels in the face open more, causing blood to rush to the surface, and bam! Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 When the social media star debuted her first-ever Lip Kits, her website overloaded, products immediately sold out, and bam! Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Created a Custom Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tour," 9 Nov. 2018 Post one pic about getting Astroworld to number one and, bam, Sweetner could be blown out of the water. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "[Updated] OMG Ariana Grande Totally Just Shaded Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner," 23 Aug. 2018 Just grab the matching one-pieces for you and your daughter, the board shorts for hubby and son, and bam. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Target's Matching Outfits Put an End to Awkward Family Photos Forever," 9 May 2018 Also films changed and stopped being the really interesting films of the 1970s and became the wham-bam films of the early 1980s. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Jonathan Rhys Meyers Has Only Seen Velvet Goldmine Once," 20 June 2018 Brush your hand across the sequins, moving them in the other direction, and bam! Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Sparkly Nicolas Cage Pillow Will Haunt Your Dreams," 7 June 2018

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bam

informal : a sudden loud noise

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