banger

noun
bang·er | \ˈbaŋ-ər \

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 combination When he first started driving Toyotas, they were four-bangers or V-6s …— Jerry Garrett

Examples of banger in a Sentence

bangers and mash is classic British pub cuisine

Recent Examples on the Web

Some will rank these bangers higher, or lower, depending on their skill at the grill. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "The Best Sausages of Summer, Ranked," 22 May 2018 This gang-banger was playing his rap music too loud! Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Dragonman, the Man Who Sells “People-Hunting Guns”," 7 Mar. 2018 Wisely, with No Tears Left To Cry, Grande isn't shrugging off the traumas of Manchester with a mindless club banger, nor exploiting them in a treacly ballad. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Ariana Grande's new song 'No Tears Left To Cry' is a dancefloor therapy session," 20 Apr. 2018 Denny Lanez: Whether with moody trap or off-the-wall bangers, the Milwaukee newcomer conquers his live shows with superstar-worthy swagger. 8:30 p.m. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 must-see acts at Summerfest, from the Weeknd to Arcade Fire to Janelle Monae," 19 June 2018 The swerve from the F-bomb, the WOO WOO WOOs, the CR-CR-CRYs, and the lyrical references to ABBA and Robyn all elevate it to ridicu-banger status. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "GQ Editors Pick Their 2018 Songs of the Summer," 1 June 2018 Four-bangers aren’t taking over the truck market right away. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 Everything is kind of a jam, but there aren’t a lot of bangers; this album is more about adult love and grown folks problems, with music that sets an after-party atmosphere more than starting the party. refinery29.com, "Beyoncé Pulled Another Beyoncé With EVERYTHING IS LOVE, But Should You Listen?," 18 June 2018 One of my favorite trends right now is brands popping into their archives—like Burberry, or every sneaker brand ever—to pull out some bangers from the past. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The 16 Best New Menswear Items to Buy This Week," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of banger

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: an old car that is in poor condition

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