bam

noun
\ 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 Just a casual Sunday, scrolling through Instagram when bam: Ariana Grande decides to drop a bombshell. Lauren Le Vine, refinery29.com, "Ariana Grande Announces She’s Engaged With A Unique Ring," 21 Dec. 2020 The sequence was so wham-bam that Marcell Ozuna scrambled back to tag up, left too soon and ended being called out on replay review, preventing the Braves from pushing their lead to 3-0. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Corey Seager's two homers keeps Dodgers' hopes alive, L.A wins NLCS Game 5 against the Braves," 17 Oct. 2020 Perhaps my overall disappointment stems from this pilot stiffness, but the more likely culprit is the standard brashness of American reality television, which is less cinema vérité and more wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lego Masters': TV Review," 4 Feb. 2020 But the movie, for all its retrograde politics and wham-bam machismo, can also be slick, silly fun — a giddy exercise in freewheeling nihilism, played to the hilt. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Guy Ritchie gets his gangster ya-yas out again in The Gentlemen: Review," 23 Jan. 2020 Cut here, cut there, unzip this, pull, bam, we’re done. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Why YouTube Videos Don’t Make You A Hunter," 7 Jan. 2020 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019 Salty, deep-fried ham-and-cheese croquetas with a piquant sriracha aioli — bam! Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Crave in Ansonia deftly presents vibrant and flavorful Latin American dishes," 15 Nov. 2019 The movie comes at you with a quick, wham-bam style that feels like a nod to the source material, a DC Vertigo comic-book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Mob wives take over ‘The Kitchen,’ a ‘70s crime drama with more sizzle than steak," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bam

Noun

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bam

Noun

imitative

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“Bam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bam. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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bam

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English Language Learners Definition of bam

informal : a sudden loud noise

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