\ˈbam \

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

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 The 1990s weren’t much in terms of technology, but then in 2001, bam! David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Honda Gold Wing Is History Revved Up," 17 May 2018 Rebecca bids on a date with Uncle Jesse for $1,700, and bam! Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Brad Pitt Gave Emilia Clarke the Best Night of Her Life," 18 May 2018 There’s all these names in there, and then, bam: the Irwin sock and the Frieda sock. Gordy Megroz, Outside Online, "Why Your North Face Jacket Is Called a "Ceptor"," 26 Mar. 2018 Lamouruex-Davidson pumped her right arm — bam — knowing that if U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney could make just one more save, the gold medal would return to America. Sean Gregory / Gangneung, Time, "U.S. Pulls off Shootout Victory Over Arch Rival Canada to Win Women's Hockey Gold," 22 Feb. 2018 Bravo, then, to the sound designer, Jane Shaw, but kudos also to Houghton, whose play proceeds much along the same pattern — gentle as a summer rain until, bam, in Act 2, something electric happens to charge the air. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Hindle Wakes,’ Should a Fling Lead Straight to the Altar?," 19 Jan. 2018

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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: a sudden loud noise

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to reject or criticize sharply

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