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Definition of banger

1 British : sausage
2 British : firecracker
3 British : jalopy
4 informal : a forceful and aggressive athlete Williamson, the 6- 7, 245-pound forward, is a versatile banger who loves to play inside and has a deft shooting touch.— William C. Phoden
5 slang : a member of a street gang : gangbanger He is disciplined, regimented, right down to the humiliating yet soothing ritual of picking up after his dog as he walks through the hood, past scornful young bangers— Mike Newirth
6 slang : an energetic song that is very striking or extraordinary … it's a near-perfect hip-hop album for 2008, loaded with hardcore bangers, pop-friendly hooks, party anthems and confessional lyrics …— Chuck Arnold
7 informal : an automobile or engine with a specified number of cylinders used in combinationWhen he first started driving Toyotas, they were four-bangers or V-6s …— Jerry Garrett

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bangers and mash is classic British pub cuisine
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First Known Use of banger

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jan 2020

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“Banger.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of banger

British, informal
: an old car that is in poor condition

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