bang

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verb (1)

banged; banging; bangs

transitive verb

1
: to strike sharply : bump
banged his knee
2
: to knock, hit, or thrust vigorously often with a sharp noise
banged the door shut
3
vulgar slang : to have sexual intercourse with

intransitive verb

1
: to strike with a sharp noise or thump
2
: to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive noise or series of such noises
3
: to play a sport (such as basketball) in a very aggressive and forceful manner
bang for rebounds

bang

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noun (1)

1
: a resounding blow
2
: a sudden loud noise
often used interjectionally
3
a
: a sudden striking effect
b
: a quick burst of energy
start off with a bang
c
: thrill
I get a bang out of all thisW. H. Whyte
4
vulgar slang
a
: an act of copulation
b
: a sexual partner
5
informal : exclamation point

bang

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adverb

: right, directly
ran bang up against more trouble

bang

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noun (2)

plural bangs
US
: the front section of a person's hair when it is cut short and worn over the forehead
usually used in plural
wore her bangs shortShe had long hair with bangs.In person, Miss Chin is small and pretty, with black button eyes, fluffy black bangs and dimples that show when she giggles …Helen Lawrenson

bang

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verb (2)

banged; banging; bangs

transitive verb

: to cut (hair) short and squarely across
Phrases
bang for the buck or less commonly bang for one's buck or bang for the dollar or bang for one's dollar
US, informal
: value received from outlay or effort
investment is yielding less bang for the buckFortune
"They are going to try to get the best bang for their dollar, and they have to do it this way." Brock Lesnar

Example Sentences

Adverb The show began bang on time. the reform movement was just beginning when it bang ran into opposition

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse bang hammering

Noun (2)

probably short for bangtail short tail

First Known Use

Verb (1)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1828, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1874, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bang was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Bang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bang. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

bang

1 of 4 verb
: to beat, strike, or shut with a loud noise

bang

2 of 4 noun
1
: a violent blow
2
: a sudden loud noise
3
a
: a quick burst of energy
start off with a bang
b
: a feeling of being thrilled or pleased
you'll get a bang out of this

bang

3 of 4 noun
: hair cut short across the forehead
usually used in plural

bang

4 of 4 verb
: to cut (front hair) short and squarely across

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