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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
Recent Examples on the Web Just like the four-banger in the Camaro, the Celica's engine rattles and drones terribly at more than 4000 rpm. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Toyota Celica GT-S Highlights the Joys of Rear-Wheel Drive," 19 June 2020 There’s some camp delight here in Donna’s distraught nose blowing and Rosie and Tanya’s attempts to cheer her up, but a memorable banger this is not. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Here we go again...we ranked every musical number in the Mamma Mia movies," 11 June 2020 The tiny three-banger pumps out 257 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, and that one should be offered with a row-it-yourself gearbox. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Gets Flashy Red Special Edition," 2 June 2020 From the first beats on the snare, this relentless string of bangers turns our sleepy walk into a sweaty dance-run. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Where to find delight during a coronavirus quarantine," 30 Mar. 2020 The two worked with each other to create seamless transitions between songs and played a variety of bangers from all genres. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "4xFAR Festival: Anderson .Paak Pays Tribute to Mac Miller, Mark Ronson Closes Out the Weekend With a Bang," 21 Jan. 2020 The four-banger let out a full-throated wail over 5,600 rpms that would wake the dead. Henry Payne,, "The racy Honda Civic Si just wants to have fun," 3 Dec. 2019 Her debut album, Tidal, was filled with bangers (especially for an angsty college student, like me), and the video is ’90s aesthetic canon. Glamour, "53 Best ’90s Songs That Are All That and a Bag of Chips," 31 Mar. 2020 And this heart-racing banger, produced by Four Giants, is a towering testament to her one-of-a-kind talent. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out the 20 best Milwaukee albums and songs of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Banger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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