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

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Synonyms for banger


link, sausage, wurst

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Examples of banger in a Sentence

bangers and mash is classic British pub cuisine

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In addition to being a pro at churning out chart-topping bangers, Troye Sivan happens to be very skilled at the elusive no makeup–makeup look. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Troye Sivan Shared His No-Makeup Makeup Routine in a Video for Vogue," 15 Oct. 2018 The track is a melancholy banger that boasts those chill, synthy, inescapable melodies the rising star does best. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlotte Lawrence Releases a New Song, "Stole Your Car"," 12 Sep. 2018 Not only is the opening ceremonies performance incredible to watch — especially as AR versions of the K/DA skins glide across the stage or emerge from the air — but the song is also a straight up banger. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The League of Legends world championship opened with an AR K-pop concert," 5 Nov. 2018 Fox's own Gianno Caldwell went to some of the most dangerous neighborhoods anywhere in this country to talk to gang bangers and ex-cons. Fox News, "Kevin McCarthy leads charge against social media censorship," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of banger

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of banger was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of banger

: an old car that is in poor condition

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