bang·​er ˈbaŋ-ər How to pronounce banger (audio)
British : sausage
British : firecracker
British : jalopy
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
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 bangersMike Newirth
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
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 The soundtrack, packed with Britpop bangers and indie ballads timed to coincide loosely with the date of each episode, is a delight unto itself. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 Following a Delaware court’s decision to block Musk’s compensation package based on the evidence that the Tesla board was engaging in cronyism, WSJ is back with another banger connecting those board members to Musk. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 The quintet — Timberlake plus JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone — reunited in the studio to record the song the infectious pop banger — calling back the ‘90s and ‘00s icons’ early boy band sound, while giving it a contemporary update with a disco-pop beat. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 This one is more subdued, but there are a couple of bangers. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 The best part of the set list was its middle section, a megamix of bangers that made everyone watching it wiggle so freely that my eye couldn’t help but wander from the performance to the people around me. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 2 Dec. 2023 Fans can expect the Super Bowl show to feature one of his new songs, but some of his biggest hits across his catalog of boundary-pushing R&B, club ballads and global bangers. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 The track, a devilishly slinky banger that has the allure of vintage Carti, caught many fans by surprise, as cryptic announcements and snippets are more common at this point. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 The holiday banger — about having Santa deliver a lover for the holiday — also ranked No. 95 on Billboard‘s 100 Best Christmas Songs of All Time staff list. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 26 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of banger was in 1915

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“Banger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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